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Enhance the flavours in food the healthier way

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Freshly ground herbs and spices enhances the natural flavour and aroma of ingredients.The EPC6000 pressure cooker helps to create nutritious soups and braised dishes quickly, with six different cooking options and programmed settings.

Living in a world filled with processed foods has introduced more sodium to our diets than is necessary – or healthy.  This could explain why findings from the recent Electrolux Asia Pacific Food Survey 2012 found that over 70% of respondents in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines worried over the use of salt in home cooking.

While there are instances where salt can enhance the flavour of a dish, it is usually an unnecessary addition most of the time. Fortunately, excluding salt from home-cooked meals may be easier than you think. Here are some quick tips for turning up the flavour while dialling down on the use of salt.

De-salt your diet
If you’ve been accustomed to a diet high in salt for a long time, you may need to retrain your tongue to savour the real flavours in food. The good news is that the average person can’t really detect moderate differences in sodium levels, so your taste buds may not notice the difference if you reduce salt intake by up to 25%.

Try reduced sodium versions of favourite foods, like unsalted chips – or better yet, replace potato chips with hummus or vegetable sticks. Over time, your sense of taste will shift to enjoy foods that have more natural flavours and less salt.

Use natural replacements

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Freshly ground herbs and spices enhances the natural flavour and aroma of ingredients.

Freshly ground herbs like oregano and other condiments like freshly ground pepper can add both flavour and aroma to a recipe. Minced, grated or freshly roasted garlic can also be chopped and sliced to enhance the taste of a dish.  Do use freshly ground and not pre-ground pepper from the store. Freshly ground black pepper is more intense and aromatic.

Invest in a manual grinder for the pepper or use a blender with a detachable mill grinder like the Electrolux EBR2001, which makes the grinding of larger quantities of pepper and herbs a simple affair.  Lemon and lime juices can also replace salt by giving the food a tangy kick, such as in homemade salsa. An easy way to squeeze lemon or limes is with the EJE3000 Juice Extractor, which has an extra wide feeder tube that allows you to juice fruits without chopping.

Use fresh ingredients
Use as much fresh food as possible, as they have the most natural flavour. Processed foods are high in sodium because salt hides the tastelessness of inferior ingredients. Fresh produce do not require much seasoning to provide a great taste sensation.

Use the right cooking methods
Braising, searing and roasting are three cooking methods that can help you spare the salt. Searing food can seal in the flavour and juices of ingredients like mushrooms or steak, while roasting brings out the natural sweetness or saltiness of vegetables and meat.  Similarly, slow cooking methods like braising can bring out the full flavour in such foods.
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The EPC6000 pressure cooker helps to create nutritious soups and braised dishes quickly, with six different cooking options and programmed settings.

The Electrolux EPC6000 Electric Pressure Cooker makes it easy to braise food in less time, with a push button control for six different cooking options and programmed settings. A digital thermostat and LED countdown timer helps you keep an eye on the cooking process, making it easier to determine when the dish is ready for savouring.

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