At the end of the day, it's about improving flavor and increasing our 5th taste known as Umami. MSG, GMP, and IMP can be manufactured in labs as an odorless powder and can be purchased in large quantities. Buying the chemical version is what large manufacturers do, but that's not how I roll. Many many foods contain the above ingredients, and with proper integration, we can achieve our own Umami flavor enhancer.
Glutamic Acid (MSG man-made version), Disodium Inosinate (IMP), and Disodium Guanylate (GMP) naturally occur in many foods such as meats, fishes, and veggies.I'll just highlight a few and the ones I chose which contain very high levels.
UMAMI Scores (Mg/100g)
Glutamic Acid- Just about all veggies have Glutamatates. Which ones have the highest? Celery 20-30, Tomatoes 150-250, Garlic 100, Rishiri Kombu 1985 (which I used), and Shitake Mushrooms 1060 (which I also used). All mushrooms have Glutamate and GSM. Shitake has the highest.
Disodium Inosinate- It's in a lot of seafood. Cod, for example, has about 180, which is high on the spectrum. Now let's talk about one of the kings of IMP. Katsuobushi aka Dried Bonito Flakes have about 700. Yes, they have some Glutamates too.
Dried Shitake mushrooms have a meaty flavor and are so very unique to other fungi. They are often used in dried form to enhance meat dishes. They tend to have a buttery and smokiness to them, which make them really awesome!!!
Same thing with the Shitake mushrooms. Again these appear dry when they come out of the package they contain some moisture. If you were to grind them up you would end up with a pasty. They must be dehydrated until they are brittle. Note: these dried Items will have roughly the same weight after dehydration.
Katsuobushi aka Dried Bonito Flakes..... dry them too. I used an additional mesh on top to prevent them from flying away.
I process everything separately using my Vitamix and a food processor.
I outdid myself this time!!! This stuff is amazing. I put some on my eggs earlier, and it was the bomb. Anyhow make your own powder and experiment with percentage or quantities.