Wednesday, January 5, 2011

HOMEMADE CREAM SOUP DRY MIX, HOMEMADE DRIED ONION SOUP MIX, HOMEMADE KITCHEN BOUQUET & HOMEMADE HAMBURGER HELPER SEASONING MIX!


HOMEMADE CREAM SOUP DRY MIX

It just takes a minute or two to whip this up; store tightly in your pantry and you'll be all set.

Using a quart jar, combine and whisk well:

2 cups instant non-fat dry milk mix
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup chicken bouillon granules
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Store in your pantry or a cool, dry place; airtight.

This recipe will yield 3 cups dry mix or 9 cans of creamed soup reconstituted.

TO MAKE THIS SOUP (RECONSTITUTE):

Combine 1/3 cup dry mix and 1 1/4 cups water. Heat over medium heat until thickened.

VARIATIONS:

CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP: Add chopped sauteed mushrooms.

CREAM OF CELERY SOUP: Add chopped sauteed celery.

CREAM OF BROCCOLI SOUP: Add chopped sauteed or steamed broccoli florets.

You can also make HOMEMADE DRIED ONION SOUP MIX

HOMEMADE DRIED ONION SOUP MIX #1

1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
1 cup dried onion

Whisk onion powder, salt and sugar in small bowl. Drizzle Kitchen Bouquet over mix; stir until this mix is uniformly brown. Add dried onion and continue to mix until uniformly brown - this will take a bit of time.

Transfer to jar with tight-fitting lid. THIS MIX MUST BE STORED IN THE REFRIGERATOR! Stir before each use.

This recipe will yield 1 cup of Onion Soup Mix which is equivalent to two 1/5-ounce envelopes of dried soup mix.

HOMEMADE DRIED ONION SOUP MIX #2

2 cups instant non-fat dry milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup beef bouillon granules
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Store in an airtight container in your pantry. Stir before each use.

To use (reconstitute) combine 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/2 cups water. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened.


HOMEMADE DRIED ONION SOUP MIX #3

3/4 cup instant minced onion
1/3 cup beef-flavored bouillon granules
1 tablespoon PLUS 1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon celery seed, crushed
1/4 teaspoon sugar - optional

Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Store in an airtight container in your pantry. Stir before each use.

Five tablespoons of this mix equals one 1.25-ounce package of store-bought dry soup mix.


While you are at it - we can all use a nice browning sauce - whether it is for gravies or any other recipes. This will also thicken gravies.

HOMEMADE KITCHEN BOUQUET

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 cups water

Place brown sugar in heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat and allow it to parch (just about burn)stirring slowly the whole time. When the brown sugar turns a dark brown, add water; stir well.

Store in tightly covered glass jar or bottle. Use as you would Kitchen Bouquet or Gravy Master.

How many times have you purchased a box of Hamburger Helper to help you save time in the kitchen? Do you have a larger family and one box just doesn’t do much for you?

Save your money and eat healthier!

HAMBURGER HELPER SEASONING MIX

In bowl, combine and whisk well:
1 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1/3 cup instant onion
3 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 2/3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3 1/2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules

Transfer to jar with tight-fitting lid; label, date. Mark on the label that ½ cup of mix is used for each 1-pound of ground meat.


Hamburger Helper Seasoning Mix
1 lb. ground beef
½ cup Hamburger Helper Seasoning Mix
1 - 2 cups noodles or macaroni

In large skillet, brown ground beef; add dry mix, 1 to 2 cups hot water and noodles. Bring to boil; reduce heat to simmer; cover; and cook until noodles/macaroni is tender - about 20 minutes.

NOTE: The amount of water and noodles/macaroni you use will depend on how much you are making.

Cheeseburger Skillet #1
Prepare as above adding 2 cups grated cheese of choice before serving.

Cheeseburger Skillet #2
Prepare as above, add 1 can (14 - 16 oz.) chopped tomatoes. Add grated cheese before serving.

Stroganoff
Add an additional ½ teaspoon dry onion and ½ teaspoon celery salt to dry mix; stir in ½ cup mushrooms (fresh of canned). AFTER noodles have cooked, stir in ¼ cup sour cream; serve immediately.

Chili
Add 1 tablespoon chili powder to dry mix and 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes.

Pizza-Style
Use wheel-shaped pasta; add 1 can tomato sauce and 2 tablespoon Italian Seasoning.

Skillet Lasagna
Add 1 onion (chopped) while browning beef. Add 1 can (16 oz.) tomato sauce, 3 cups lasagna noodles (broken into bits), and ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese. When done, remove from heat and top with grated mozzarella.

For a nice variation: Substitute 2 to 3 cups very thin sliced potatoes for the noodles. Simmer until potatoes are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to simmer until liquid has evaporated.


NOTE: If Hamburger Helper is something you use often, double or triple (or more) the seasoning mix.

TIMESAVER: Big Batch cooking - cook more than 1 pound of beef at a time. When done, drain, spread on baking sheet and place in refrigerator to cool completely. Package in freezer bags in 1-pound packages, forcing out the air and “flattening” the package of meat. Freeze. When ready to use, remove a package from the freezer and if working all day - place in the refrigerator to thaw a bit. If not, just place in a hot skillet to re-heat and continue cooking as usual
Hints from Mama

4 comments:

Catherine said...

Sue thanks for posting these great recipes. I hope lots of people try them. There is nothing better than making mixes at home. I am definitely going to make all of them!!

Have a nice evening,
Cathy

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

I just love all of your recipes...problem is by the time I get done reading them I want to go cook... LOL...

Copied and printed all of these...
Thanks for sharing...
Blessings
Tonya

Jonthy, Alice the uppity white cat's babysitter said...

Sue, I'm going to try the Stroganoff. Sounds great!

Mrcnsmile said...

thanks for sharing!