Where I live, supermarkets sell all sorts of "spice mixes" for specific dishes, like "taco mix" or "spaghetti mix". I used to buy these, but then at some point started experimenting myself and stopped buying them.
Occasionally when I'm lazy, I still use these mixes to prepare food. But on reading the packet ingredients, I notice that most of the spice mix seems to be made up of things that I normally never add to my food, but I don't taste much difference for it.
Why are these ingredients added to the mix, and what are the effects on the flavor, taste and/or texture of the dish?
The ingredients include:
- A considerable amount of salt (at least 5 or 10 times what I would put in myself)
- Dextrose or other forms of sugar
- corn- or potatostarch