Saturday, September 17, 2011

Homemade MSG Free Onion Soup Mix

I used to make quite a few recipes with onion soup mix. It tastes yummy, is easy, and adds lots of flavors to foods with no work at all.
It's also very processed and has lots of chemicals in it. Yes, even the ones labeled "MSG free".
Fortunately, I recently discovered a recipe for homemade onion soup mix, using only ingredients I already had in the house! It's terrific for days like today when I feel really terrible. (I had gluten 2 times this past week- in small amounts, but I think it was enough to weaken my immune system and allow me to get sick- this is the first time I've gotten sick since going gluten free, even when everyone else in my family has been sick.)
This soup mix makes a good instant soup, and works well as a seasoning for recipes that call for onion soup.
I'll be honest- it doesn't taste exactly like the boxed mixes, but its close enough, and still good.

I got this from Heavenly Homemaker, an awesome site, by the way, for frugal, healthy recipes. (Only she uses gluten... so most of her recipes don't work for me. Oh well...)

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

2/3 cup dried, minced onion
3 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder (make your own by whizzing up dried onion flakes in the food processor or coffee grinder)
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon celery salt (you want celery salt that is mostly salt with just a bit of celery seed- not pure celery seed ground up, or your soup mix will be bitter and not have enough saltiness to it)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sucanat or sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

1. Mix it all up. Shake it very well, because the heavy spices will settle to the bottom.

That's it!

4 tablespoons of this onion soup mix equals 1 packet of onion soup mix.
I found it needed a bit more salt, but I tend to like things salty, so start off with this amount and then adjust to taste.

Do you use onion soup mix ever? Did you used to use it in certain recipes and then stop using it because of the health factor? Which recipes do you use it in? In the past 24 hours, I made a pot roast with this, as well as some instant soup to soothe my sore throat.
Do you have your own homemade onion soup recipe that you use, or no?
Any chance you'd try out this recipe?
Oh, and do you read Heavenly Homemaker's website? What do you think of it?

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