An ingredient is a substance that forms part of a mixture (in a general sense). Many commercial products contain a secret ingredient that is purported to make them better than competing products. In the pharmaceutical industry, an active ingredient is that part of a formulation that yields the effect required by the customer.
In the food context, an ingredient refers to any substance or component that is used to make a dish or recipe. Ingredients can be foods, liquids, spices, or other substances that are combined to create a finished dish. Here are some examples of common ingredients:
- Oil (such as vegetable oil, olive oil, or coconut oil)
- Meat (such as chicken, beef, pork, or fish)
- Vegetables (such as carrots, broccoli, or onions)
- Fruits (such as apples, bananas, or berries)
- Herbs (such as basil, rosemary, or thyme)
- Spices (such as cinnamon, cumin, or paprika)
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Soy sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
Ingredients can be used in various ways to create different flavors, textures, and aromas in a dish. They can be combined in different proportions or prepared using different cooking techniques to create a wide range of recipes. Understanding the function of each ingredient can help to create successful dishes and recipes.