New Uses for Everyday Ingredients

Pantry staples work wonders when used in new ways. Try these unexpected applications for everyday ingredients.

Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
Randy Mayor

Low-Sodium Soy Sauce

Soy sauce, even the low-sodium kind, is the king of umami­―the “fifth taste,” a savoriness inherent in certain foods. Let the power of umami boost more than just your stir-fries.

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  • Whisk together equal parts low-sodium soy sauce, dark brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and canola oil for a delicious, full-bodied salad dressing.
  • Create an intriguing sweet-salty dessert by stirring 1 to 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce into homemade caramel sauce, then drizzle over ice cream, apple pie, or cake. The appeal is similar to that of sea salt caramels―rich, savory notes that contrast beautifully with the caramelized sugar.

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