Kitchen Bouquet

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Kitchen Bouquet
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Product typeSeasoning sauce
CountryUnited States
Kitchen Bouquet
Nutritional value per 1 tsp (4.93 mL)
Energy15 kcal (63 kJ)
3 g
Sugars2 g
0 mg
10 mg
Other constituentsQuantity
Cholesterol0 mg
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.

Kitchen Bouquet is a browning and seasoning sauce primarily composed of caramel with vegetable flavorings. It has been used as a flavoring addition for gravies and other foods since approximately 1873.[1] It is currently produced by the HV Food Products Company, a subsidiary of The Clorox Company.[2]

Kitchen Bouquet was manufactured in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by the Palisade Manufacturing Company of West Hoboken, New Jersey. An advertisement in a 1903 edition of The Boston Cooking School Magazine indicated that Kitchen Bouquet, then known as "Tournade's Kitchen Bouquet," had been "a favorite for 30 years."[3] It was one of the products featured in the United States exhibit at the Paris Exposition of 1889.[4]

Its ingredients include caramel, vegetable base (water, carrots, onions, celery, parsnips, turnips, salt, parsley, spices), sodium benzoate and sulfiting agents.

Kitchen Bouquet is also used by food stylists for a variety of appearance effects, including 'coffee' made by adding a few drops to a cup of water[5] and lending a browned appearance to poultry.[6]

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  1. ^ De Both, Jesse (4 May 1949). "Jessie's Notebook". The Spokesman Review. p. 38. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  2. ^ "The HV Food Products Company". Bloomberg Business Week. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
  3. ^ American Cookery, Volume 8. Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Boston Cooking School Magazine. 1903. pp. xvii, 427 & 503.
  4. ^ Official Catalogue of the United States Exhibit. Paris: Charles Noblet et fils. 1889. p. 205. Kitchen Bouquet.
  5. ^ Silva, Jill Wendholt (1999-10-13). "Food foolery stylists make food in pictures look good enough to eat". The Kansas City Star. p. E1.
  6. ^ Davis, Denis (December 2004). "An Insider's Look At Food Photography". Shutterbug. Archived from the original on 2007-05-20.