Monday, December 8, 2014

Homemade Cream of Soup Mix

In many of the main dish recipes that we have and like, one often called for ingredient is "Condensed Cream of _____ Soup" . . . which all have MSG in them (at least all the ones I am familiar with do.) As providing healthy food for my family is something I really want (and love!) to do, MSG is one of the many food additives I want to avoid!

So several years ago I went searching and found a recipe for homemade cream of soup which works very well and adds great flavor. It is not as thick as the canned soups though, so when using it in a recipe, I will often reduce some of the other liquid that the recipe calls for.

It is simple to make, and the mix can be stored for up to a year . . . 


Homemade Cream of Soup Mix

-2 cups powdered milk
-3/4 cups cornstarch
-1/4 cup chicken, beef, or vegetable bouillon granules (I use MSG-free chicken broth powder)
-2 Tbsp. dried onion flakes or 1 tsp. onion powder
-1 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
-1 tsp. dried basil, crushed
-1/2 tsp. black pepper
-1/4 tsp. garlic powder, optional

Combine all ingredients and blend until mixed. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year. This recipe makes three cups and is enough for nine cans of soup.


To substitute for one can of condensed cream of soup:

In a saucepan, combine 1/3 cup soup mix and 1 1/8 cup water. Bring to a boil for 2 to 2 ½ minutes, stirring constantly until thick.

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So that's the basic recipe! But recipes don't typically call for just a basic cream of soup (though the basic still works well in a pinch :), so here is how to make some of your own variations . . . 

For:

Celery Soup – add 1/2 cup of sautéed, minced celery

Chicken Soup – add 1/4 to 1/2 cup cooked, finely diced chicken

Creamier Cream Soup – add 1 Tbsp. of butter to any variation

Mushroom Soup – add 1/2 cup sautéed, finely chopped mushrooms

Onion Soup – add 1/2 cup sautéed, chopped onions

Tomato Soup – add 1/2 to 1 cup finely chopped and seeded tomato

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On a different yet related note, canning jars (both old and new!) work so well for storing food in your pantry. We use them for many of the bulk foods we get, dried homegrown things (such as the Pepper Flakes in the below photo), as well as any other dry things we make such as the soup mix, Italian Croutons, dried bread crumbs, and Taco Seasoning (also in the below photo . . . and in need of more being made!)


A few of our jars

On another different yet still related note, I updated the recipe page on my blog and added some recipes to it, and then for each of the ones that I have a photo of it completed, the photo was added by the links as well. So if you are ever looking for a recipe that had been shared on my blog before, it should be easier to find now!

8 comments:

  1. Dear Sarah, thank you very much for your advices, you are a great cook and a benediction for your family and for all that we have found you across your blog. An embrace. Mary Carmen

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  2. The cream of soup recipe looks like a great idea! I have a relative who is almost deathly allergic to MSG, so I know it can be pretty dangerous!

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  3. Thank you, Sarah! I am a label reader and avoid MSG among other things. This is an answer to the "cream of..." soup ingredient! Your recipe page looks very nice ~ thanks.
    Blessings,
    Anne♥

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  4. Thank you Sarah. I love glass jars for storage but blindness and Alzheimer's saw me not using them for the longest time. I must go back to that.

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  5. You are very welcome, Mary! And thank you for your sweet words. :)

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  6. If you try it, Bethany, I hope it works well for you! I know that MSG has negative affects on ones' health, but I had not heard of someone being so allergic to it before. That would be hard for your relative!

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  7. You’re welcome, Mrs. Anne! I am glad that this could be an answer for your “cream of soup” dilemma, too. :) So many recipes call for it!

    Thank you!

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  8. You’re welcome, Suze! I love using the glass jars as well . . . there is just something more special about them. Though yes, with those with blindness and Alzheimers they wouldn’t work. Even a 'little' thing like forgoing using the jars shows another aspect of your love for those in your care!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)