Why it tastes better to stir fry before slow cooking


Ellen Fadel, my sister-in-law, sent me this after I posted the Mediterranean Vegetarian Stew with Chickpeas recipe:

You stated in a slow cooker veg/chick pea recipe about frying veggies before slow cooking so enjoy a bit  chemistry with Maillard Reaction reading.  Morrad, our Food Scientist, loves this reaction and promotes it. I smiled a bit when reading your blog cuz I could hear Morrad telling me to always brown/fry foods first to bring out flavors. Learn something new everyday! 🙂

For more information:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maillard_reaction

~Lois

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About Lois

My husband, Don Crawford, and I love to cook. For me, it's more about eating delicious food than the actual cooking. I like to cook mostly because I like to eat, and I like the proud sense of accomplishment when the food I make is appreciated by others. For Don, it's all about presentation. So we make a good team. I'm too impatient to create beautiful presentations (usually), but he sweeps in and takes over so it all turns out great. All our recipes are tried and true!
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