Most every household in Germany has a bottle of Maggi Seasoning liquid in their kitchen cabinet or on the counter.
I have two…
For the few of you who aren’t familiar with Maggi… official named Maggi-Würze, think of it as German Soy Sauce (although it’s NOT soy sauce). In fact, it’s official description is “a dark, soy sauce-type hydrolysed vegetable protein-based sauce.” Only now it’s made without soy. (Originally it was made with meat… not anymore).
Confused yet? Basically, Maggi is a dark brown liquid seasoning that adds a salty rich (Umami) flavor to your food. When I make soup… some goes in the pot to flavor the broth. And when the pot goes on the table, you will find Maggi to season the soup to everyone’s liking.
To ADD to the confusion… Maggi is also a brand name. The Maggi company makes seasonings, as well as soups and other packaged foods.
But Why Do I Have Two Bottles of Maggie Seasoning Liquid?
You see, I always had a small bottle in the kitchen. I even had a special bottle cover so that the Maggie looks “nice” on the table. (How on earth did I lose it?)
Then I was wandering through a grocery store in China Town and made an amazing discovery… Maggi. Lots of Maggi. Bottles in all sizes. It seems, the Chinese like German Maggi as alternative to Soy Sauce. (Well, actually, it’s Swiss… the company was founded by Julius Maggi in 1872 in Switzerland, and purchased by Nestle in the 1940’s.) I also found lots of Knorr and other German seasonings! It was a treasure trove… and the prices were all reasonable… who would have thought? It seems that the secret to buying reasonably priced German Seasonings is to go to ethnic stores… I’ve found Maggi in China Town, an Indian Market, and also a Carneceria (where it’s called Jugo).
Maggi is enjoyed world wide!
I GOT SO EXCITED, I bought the 2nd biggest bottle they had. (There was no way I could see myself ever using an entire gallon of Maggi…so I reigned myself in) Partially, because of the novelty of having such a big bottle of Maggi, but also because I thought it would be good to refill my small bottle from a big bottle. And the price was right.
Be warned… the flavor of Maggi Liquid Seasoning from the Asian markets tastes just a bit different from the authentic German one. Also… there has recently been a problem with counterfeit Maggi Seasonings containing dangerous ingredients coming out of China. Be safe… buy the bottle with the RED cap from Germany or Switzerland . I have recently discarded the LARGE yellow capped bottle. (And this is an old photo… both of my Maggis are red now). Live and learn.
I still have two bottles, which is good, because it’s soup season, and NOTHING is better than a warm soup seasoned with a splash of Maggi on a cold winter night.
Sure, not everyone needs two bottles of Maggi…. but it couldn’t hurt!
Where to Buy Maggi
Remember, the bottles with the RED CAP are from Germany or Switzerland.
Other Maggi Products
Maggi makes more than sauces! They make soups, instant mashed potatoes, seasoning for vegetables, Dumplings and are a quick way to make a delicious Cassarole!