There are many things we question in life, but have you ever asked yourself - why is sauce important? What is the actual need and value of sauce for us to include it within our dietary needs?
Well, all your answers are prayers about sauce are about to be answered as we discuss why sauce is important and what really is the point of it all.
Why do we use sauce?
Let’s be real, It's always good to be a little saucy, especially when it comes to the enjoyment of food!
It’s quite simple really, sauce adds flavour, adds moisture, and improves texture to your food. We are only human, and unlike the animals that graze on the green green grass, we have advanced technologies that have led us to a wide range of different foods, textures and flavours, which brings us to sauce.
Using different sauces on our plate play an important role in maximising flavours, and improving the true flavoursome feel of a dish. You can’t just have a piece of southern fried chicken dry - you need some BBQ sauce to give it a complementary and contrasting flavour and pure taste bud euphoria!
Adding sauce to your meals gives it that added extra touch whether that’s salt, spice, sweetness or sour. Below are some dishes that wouldn’t be complete without a bit of added sauce:
- Steak & Peppercorn Sauce
- Chicken, Rice & Asian Black Bean Sauce
- Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Southern Fried Chicken & BBQ Sauce
- Creamy Garlic Sauce & Chicken
- Chunky Chips & Tomato Sauce
You get the picture - or should we say flavour.. Sauces are just that necessary for making any dish extra tasty!
What is the history behind why we use sauces?
Sauce is a French word taken from the Latin salsa, meaning salted. The oldest European sauce is ‘garum sauce’ ; this was fish sauce used by the Ancient Romans. In the 3rd century BC China was using the soy bean creating soy bean paste which is mentioned in the book of Rites of Zhou.
Historically in the UK and over Europe sauces were used to mop up any leftover drippings on meals as meat was expensive and reserved for the wealthy. The juices used from meals were stored and turned into over meals such as broths and soups.
Getting more advanced, sauces were then used to create foods like black pudding, or even blood pudding from using spices and sauces, this would mask the flavour of old or flavourless meats. Fast forwards a fair few decades this lead to people creating sauces as a side and to serve alongside meals.
We Understand the Importance of Sauce
We understand the importance of sauce and we know the flavours the public crave! That’s why for over 40 years we have been delivering the top dipping sauces to your doors in small or bulk deliveries for the people to enjoy. At Harrisons Sauces, we know why sauce is important.