I love making my own homemade seasonings. By making your own celery salt, curry powder, taco seasoning, and more, you can be in control of the ingredients you use while you save money over buying pre-mixed containers at the store.
While I am quite the fan of stock and just made homemade turkey stock a few weeks ago, I am trying to be balanced and I do not always have time to make stock, nor can I justify the expense of purchasing boxed stock all the time. However, I am considering it. This is one area of my family’s menu planning where I am still sorting out what to do.
This is, instead, a recipe for your own vegetable broth mix.
In my mother’s pantry there were those terrible little fake orange colored vegetable broth cubes with a plethora of ingredients (including MSG and hydrolyzed lot of stuff) that would make any self-respecting person-in-search-of-a-healthier-lifestyle’s hair stand on end.
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When we moved to Michigan I started purchasing organic vegetable broth cubes and powders by the case in order to save a bit of money while keeping the convenience of the mix.
One day, however, it occurred to me that I could probably make my own broth. In fact, this is how my brain usually works. I look at a food or personal care item and wonder if there might be a way that I could make it myself. Sometimes I am right and I find a great new project. Sometimes I am able to make something myself, but it isn’t worth the time or money. Sometimes I’m just stuck with what I can buy.
The vegetable broth mix attempt was a winner, though I must say that I have another idea in mind to make it better and healthier, but it will be awhile before I try it. I will be sure to share the results once I do.
I spent some time and tried a few recipes until I found one that I really liked on cdkitchen.com. It has been in my pantry ever since and I recommend that you put it in yours as well.
You can use this mix not only to make vegetable broth, but also as an all-purpose seasoning. I love it on vegetables, meats, basically anything savory…even on popcorn!
Vegetable Broth Mix Recipe | All-Purpose Seasoning
4 T celery salt (See Homemade Celery Salt and How to Use It)
4 T dried parsley flakes
6 tsp garlic powder
6 tsp salt
6 tsp ground savory (use summer savory — not the winter variety. If necessary, you can substitute thyme, marjoram, or sage.)
2 tsp dried marjoram
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground sage
1. Combine all in a small bowl. Store in glass or plastic container with a tight fitting lid. Stir or shake occasionally before use to redistribute ingredients.
2. Use 1 tsp mix plus one cup of water to make 1 cup of broth in a recipe. You may substitute this for chicken broth/bouillon in recipes as well. 1 tsp is the equivalent of 1 bouillon cube.
1. Store a small measuring teaspoon in your container so that you are not continually washing a rewashing the same spoon as I use this mixture so often. (See my post on saving time with tools for more ideas for your spoons!)
2. Make this in 2-3 batches at a time. Again, saves preparation time.
3. Here’s how to make Homemade celery salt.
4. If you can’t find savory, you can try subbing thyme or thyme plus a little rosemary. I haven’t tried it but I’ve read it’s a decent substitution.
5. Where do I buy my spices? Most of my spices are Frontier brand but I do purchase some from Mountain Rose Herbs as well.
I really prefer to make my own seasonings whenever I can. It allows flexibility and control over the ingredient proportions but also has you keeping fewer raw ingredients in your pantry.
You’ll also use your spices up more quickly, so they’re less likely to go stale.
You can also take advantage of bulk discounts by purchasing your spices in larger quantities, knowing that you will be using them up more quickly. Read my post on Homemade Seasoning Blends to find out more.