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McCormick Grill Mates – Montreal Steak Seasoning

A bottle of McCormick's Montreal Steak SeasoningThis is supposed to be something to sprinkle on your steak to season it before cooking. Well, you can do that but you can also use it for so much more! I love the stuff!

I use it to season loads of things – steak, pork and lamb chops, and often use it in salad dressing too. Oil, vinegar, and a shake or two of this and Bob’s your parent’s sibling. And no, I didn’t get paid to write this, nor did I even get any free samples. I’m just telling you because I want to share this info with you so you can enjoy it too.

I’ve read the ingredients on the label: coarse salt, spices including black and red pepper, paprika, etc. And, yes, I’ve tried making my own to save money, but nothing compares to the original. Hmm, I wonder why. Well, there is one item on the ingredients list called “natural flavor”. What the heck that could be I don’t know. Any ideas? Please comment.



3 Responses to “McCormick Grill Mates – Montreal Steak Seasoning”

  1. Weirdartist

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it was MSG, which occurs naturally in places as unexpected as breast-milk. Mono-sodium glutamate has an unreasonable bad press, and really does make some foods taste better.

  2. Not Delia

    Hi, thanks for your interesting comment. The first thing I thought of too was MSG, but I thought they’d just have listed it as MSG if that were the case.

    There again, as you say, MSG has had some really bad press so perhaps “natural flavor” is a better way for them to describe it.

    I don’t know about you but I’ve been to places and seen products which proudly proclaim to be “MSG-free”.

    This needs further investigation. Thanks for the heads up and the idea for a future article.

  3. Mr Not Delia

    ND’s touched on MSG in her earlier article about the so-called “fifth taste”:
    The great “new” taste of umami.

    Looking at that article, it sounds as if MSG’s artificial – so presumably it’s one of those things which occurs in nature but is easier to synthesise than to extract from a natural source. Definitely worth an article of its own, though. 🙂

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