Homemade Goodness

I read Little House Living last weekend, and since then I’ve been contemplating all the things in the book I would like to try. You know…. everything!! I settled for cream of soup base, since I use the canned stuff probably twice a week. However, to make this, you have to start with homemade bouillon. Bouillon is usually sold in those tiny compressed cubes in the grocery store, also usually containing a crapload of MSG. Anyway, the ingredients seemed pretty basic and normal until I got to the nutritional yeast. WTF is that, right?! Turns out, vegans have been using it to flavor their food for years. Go figure. Wondering where to find it? So was I! Luckily , I struck paydirt in the bulk foods section at Winco. Actually , I got everything I needed for all 3 recipes I planned out for just over 6 bucks. I already had the flour at home, but the only spice I had on hand was garlic powder. We go thru that stuff like crazy. Anyway, here’s the list:

  • 2 1/2 T salt
  • 1 1/2 T minced onion
  • 1 1/2 T dried parsley
  • 1 t sage
  • 1 t celery seed
  • 1 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • 1 t dried marjoram (I subbed oregano flakes)
  • 1 t dried rosemary
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1/2 t dried basil
  • 1 1/2 cups nutritional yeast flakes

Basically you throw it all in a bowl, mix it up, and pour into a cute pint mason jar. It’s pretty awesome. Anyway, for the cream of soup base:

  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup bouillon
  • 2 T minced onion

Again, mix it all up, store in a jar. You use 1/2 cup of mix & 1 1/2 cups of water to replace a can. You can use a little less water for a thicker soup, or more for thinner. Need cream of mushroom? Add a few diced mushrooms. Cream of celery? Add a little celery seed. Cream of chicken? You get the idea. I used it in my chicken & rice dish tonight, and it was different, but pretty dang close and still delish. I think it needed a little more garlic, but we use garlic heavily in a lot of dishes, so that’s probably just me. I also threw together some ranch seasoning, since we use that a ton as well. All in all, I think I have roughly $9 in product cost here, but the cream base makes enough for 9-ish “cans”, plus I still have a pint jar full of bouillon mix, and a jar of ranch seasoning. Definitely was worth the investment!

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