VIDEO: Explore All Five Tastes By Making Mini Pizzas
The ultimate DIY tomato sauce teaches kids how flavors come together. (And you get pizza in the end.)
This project shows how the five tastes—salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami—can change the flavor of a dish. (For complete, step-by-step instructions for this extremely tasty form of education, get our Kitchen Academy box “Tongue Tied,” which offers many ways for kids to explore the five flavors.) Experiment with a simple tomato sauce, a few common ingredients, and your tastebuds. Think of it like painting: Using the tomato sauce as your “canvas,” you’ll “paint” with different ingredients until you create the ultimate pizza sauce, flavored exactly how you like it. Along the way, you’ll see how different ingredients can change the entire flavor of a dish, and you’ll uncover the secrets of the mysterious “fifth taste:” umami. Get your tongue ready, it’s time to start tasting!