If you've ever thought something was "missing" from a meal, it could have been acidity. When we taste our food, we're looking for a balance of differents flavors—salty, sweet, sour, spicy, and umami. Adding acid to food can change a dish in its entirety. Don't believe us? Try one of these acid-heavy recipes and tell us what you think.
Acid not only balances out the flavor of food, making it drool-worthy and completely delicious. If you want to play with the acidity levels in your own cooking, here are a few ingredients to try:
1. Vinegar: It determines the level of acidity in a dish and can alter flavors altogether. We love balsamic (be careful, it's pretty sweet), sherry, and white wine.
2. Wine: Because we'll down a big glass of it before cooking and then everything tastes good! Just kidding. But think of wine as vinegar's cousin. Use it to balance out sweet desserts like this French Toast with Red-Wine Nectarines, or to deglaze your pan and scrape up all the good browned bits after cooking.
3. Citrus juice is a favorite. A squirt of lemon is always great but limes and oranges can add vibrancy.
4. Tomatoes pair well with rich foods, like hearty meat dishes (spaghetti and meatballs, anyone?), and it's almost their best time of year.
5. Yogurt cuts through the fat. This Lamb Burger with Yogurt Sauce is a perfect example.
6. Pickles. Do we even need to tell you why we're such huge fans? We didn't think so.