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Give Canned Beans An Umami Punch With A Single Ingredient
To add an umami twist to your canned beans, all you need is soy sauce. In canned baked beans, soy sauce’s depth of flavor highlights the savory, earthy qualities that are present.
Soy sauce also has the ability to temper any sweetness in the sauce with its mild acidity. It also has its own subtle sweetness that lingers at the back of the palate.
No matter what kind of soy sauce you use, a minimum of a tablespoon should be enough to impart umami flavor in canned beans. Adjust the other seasonings as you cook.