According to a new study from Cornell University, the loud din of a plane in flight weakens sweet flavors (which is why that Diet Coke never tastes the same as it does on the ground) but enhances umami flavors like those in tomato juice. The researchers hope that their study will result in airlines rethinking in-flight food options so that they include more umami-ful ingredients. Until that happens, here are nine umami-packed snacks to make ahead of time for your next flight.
1. Potato Chips with Nori Salt
These quick, homemade potato chips are sprinkled with richly flavored nori (seaweed) salt.
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2. Truffled Popcorn
You can’t go wrong with a mix of melted butter, pecorino cheese, truffle salt and rosemary.