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Condiments for a flavoured food

What are Condiments?

A condiment is a spice, sauce, or spice mixture that is mainly added to different food dishes to contribute a specific flavour, to improve its flavour, or in some nations, to supplement the dish. For example, food items such as pickles, sauces, mustards are considered to be condiments.

Besides that, there are two different terms of sauces in the culinary arts, which is known as “mother sauce” and “small sauce”. They’re called mother sauces because each one is like the head of its own unique family.

A sauce is essentially a liquid plus some sort of thickening agent along with other flavouring ingredients. Each of the five mother sauces is made with a different liquid, and a different thickening agent—although three of the mother sauces are thickened with roux, in each case the roux is cooked for a different amount of time to produce a lighter or darker color.

What are the two types of condiments?

Simple: Simple condiments are celery salt, garlic salt, onion salt, pepper salt, etc.

Compound: Compound condiments are products such as chilli sauce, chutney, horseradish sauce, meat sauce, mint sauce, prepared mustard, soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, tomato ketchup, etc.

Five nonexclusive categories of Condiments

  • Salt
  • Sugar or Sweeteners
  • Pickled foods
  • Spicy or Hot foods
  • Compound sauces

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