We perceive five tastes as taste: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami. And actually, there is something else that we feel as a taste. It is oil and fat.
Why Potato Chips Are Tasty
If you think about the various delicious foods around us, you will find that there are more than two flavors: sweet and bitter in chocolate, sweet and sour in strawberries, salty and umami in miso soup, and so on.
Here’s a question. Why do potato chips and French fries taste so good?
French fries, if I may say so, have a salty taste with a sweet taste from the potatoes. What is it that makes potato chips so delicious?
Fats and Oils are Tastes
In other words, when we eat oil, it is broken down to form fatty acids, and our tongue detects these fatty acids.
Potato Chips are Salty & Oil
Now we know. Potato chips and French fries are delicious because they contain saltiness and oil. Lean bread with very little sugar, such as bugette, tastes better when buttered. This is also a combination of saltiness and oil.
Disadvantage of Air Fryer
Air fryers are popular because they can make fried foods without oil. However, we often hear that the finished product is not what we expected. What is the difference?
For one thing, the texture is different. This is probably due to the difference in the heating mechanism, and there is nothing we can do about it.
The other is that the taste is different. This is probably due to the fact that we don’t use oil at all, so our tongue doesn’t taste the oil.
Of course, texture is also a part of taste, so it is difficult to say that this is the best way. However, if you spray a small amount of oil when using an air fryer, the taste will improve considerably.