Quality ingredients. What does the term “quality ingredients” really mean? The word “quality” defined means “of high standard” and “ingredients” defined means “the things that are used to make something, especially all the different foods you use when making a particular dish”. The term quality ingredients is often times a “go-to” or “buzz” word for marketing purposes. But, is it really that important when it comes to eating out? Here are three things to consider.
Garbage in, garbage out! Beginning with “less than” ingredients will most likely NEVER yield a good product. There are plenty of ways to coax some extra “oomph” from subpar ingredients but you really can only do so much. Quality isn’t just about throwing money at the most expensive ingredients but rather sourcing the most affordable at the highest quality available.
Fresh local ingredients. Does local mean the quality is better? Does it mean that greatness is automatic? No, it does not. However, what it does mean is that whatever product you may be selecting had less distance to travel than products at farther away. But, what’s more important to know is your product. Knowing the variety of tomato and the age at which it was harvested makes a significant impact on the end result. Its more important to purchase seasonal ingredients for optimal flavor than those out of season. Have you ever wondered why a tomato tastes better in August than in February? The natural season for tomatoes is summer to late summer. Its more important for you to truly know and understand your own ingredients.
The most expensive is not always better. Buy what you like, what works best for you, performs as you expect and to your standards. We’re all on budgets and restaurants are no different. Especially in the times of a pandemic when we’re just trying to keep the doors open and the lights on. Conventional wisdom tells us that surpassing expectations is far greater. Value is not the same as price and quality is in the eye of the beholder. Be smart with your finances and buy smart. Simply said, don’t just buy for the idea of quality, create it!