Vegetable Broth Mix Recipe | All-Purpose Seasoning

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Vegetable Broth Mix that doubles as an All-Purpose Seasoning--and there's another fabulous use for it as well! (Read the post to find out!) No need to buy boxed broths, or cubes with MSG and all that chemical ick anymore!Today’s vegetable broth recipe post might seem like a bit of a diversion from the Perfect Popcorn Recipe posts that I have been doing.  But there actually is a connection here….

Now bear with me, because this is not information on how to make your own vegetable stock.

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.

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!

Homemade Vegetable Boullion Mix

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.

If you enjoy the thought of making your own seasonings, check out my posts on Chat Masala and Homemade Taco Seasoning too!

Do you have a favorite spice you would like me to create recipe for or a recipe that you would like to share?
 
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  1. There is a problem with those oh, so easy to use boxes of stock. They are lined with BPA. Probably best to make our own stock like Grandma did; except we have a crock-pot!

  2. I have looked into this with one company — Pacific Foods. Their chicken broth containers are not lined with BPA. So at least there is one good option out there :-).

  3. Hi, Can you please tell me what “savory” is? I am really interested in how you make celery salt too. Just found your website the other day. Thanks for sharing great info.

  4. This seasoning mix is a great idea! I can myself using it in all sorts of ways, not just for soups. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with Sunday Night Soup Night. I’ll be hosting weekly through fall and winter, so I’d love to see you again with your next soup/stock/chowder recipe!

  5. Great idea! Thanks! I’m gonna make this!

  6. Finally! This is exactly what I was looking for. All I wanted was a recipe for chicken bouillon (or SOME kind of bouillon), and it took 15 minutes of intense Google searching to finally find a recipe (and I do know how to conduct a good search!). Every other result was telling me how to make broth, or what to buy at the store, and I couldn’t believe it was so hard to find a substitute for the seasonings themselves! So, big THANK YOU for creating and sharing this recipe. Can’t wait to try it in the soup I am about to make!

  7. Thanks so much for posting this! I just made chicken noodle soup the other day and told my husband I wanted to make another batch but I was out of broth. I refuse to use store bought boullion or canned/boxed broth.

    • Yea Denise! I don’t buy any store bought stuff anymore either! Thanks for sharing!

      • What is Summer Savory? I’m having trouble finding it. Can I leave it out? Thanks!!

        • Hi Denise. There are two kinds of savory – summer and winter. I never knew that and only used to use “savory” – can you find just savory? If not try substituting thyme. :-).

          • I can’t find savory anything. There’s already thyme in it. Do you mean just add 6 t more to replace the summer savory? Thanks so much for your help. I’m actually trying to make chicken noodle soup as we speak :)

            • Oh – so sorry. I was out and just got back about 20 min ago. I would just add more thyme in the same amount as the savory. In the future, you can get it from Mountain Rose Herbs. That’s where I got mine. They carry organic herbs and more at a really nice price.

          • No biggie. I just left it out altogether and it was fine. Nice improvement to my regular chicken soup. I shared the spices with my mom too.

            I’m thinking of bumping up the turmeric a little. It’s my understanding that’s one of the best spices to eat but I don’t have many recipes that use it.

            I’ve ordered from Mountain Rose before. I’ll check it out. Thanks!

  8. Thanks for the great recipe! Can’t wait to try this in my next soup.

  9. Looks good, I will try it this weekend. Do you really need all that celery salt PLUS all that salt? Has anyone tried it? Has it been salty?

    • I use it all the time and then omit salt if the recipe calls for additional. As you may or may not have seen we also use it as a popcorn topping and it gets rave reviews all the time. I think there are a few comments of readers who have used it and been pleased. I hope you enjoy it! (I do like salt, but I haven’t had anyone complain yet :-).) I think if you use healthy salt (like the Real Salt) it is really good for you.

  10. This is way too much salt. We need to reduce the sodium in our diets. Tis leads to high blood pressure and will catch up with use as we age.

    • Hi Dolly. If you feel the need to cut back on the salt, by all means do so. From what I have been learning, the issue of salt is really convoluted and depends on the kind of salt you are using. Were you aware that most table salt has chemicals added to keep it free flowing? I’ve also seen salt w/ sugar added. Here are some testimonials on the Real Salt site that might interest you: I have personally been eating a ton of salt and have no issues whatsoever.

  11. Adrienne,
    You mentioned that you were going to post instructions for making your own celery salt in the “near future”. Did you ever get around to that? I would love to know how you do it.
    Thanks!

  12. I would love to see that recipe for Celery Salt! (Love your website, by the way!)

  13. jennifer posinskI says:

    So, to use the 1 tsp of veg broth mixture is it 1 cup of water? Nothing was mention about water. Thank you!!

  14. jennifer posinskI says:

    Thank you so much! I just love your website!!Glad I found it.Thanks again for sharing these recipes!!

  15. I understand you can also make vegetable broth or bouillon from all the scraps from ends, skins, etc. of vwegetables you cook with. How do you do that?
    Thanks

    • Yes, you can. Basically: Place roughly 4-6 cups of scraps in a pot. Add 1-2 bay leaves and a few peppercorns. Cover with water and boil. Simmer about 1 hour. Strain veggies and you are done.

  16. Thank you for this recipe! I can make chicken stock, but for vegetable broth I had to cringe and use the nasty chemical stuff, which I’m trying to get my family away from. Now, if I can just find a way to make my own beef broth…. Two questions though. What is savory, and in making broth, can you mix different bones, say chicken and turkey or duck, and beef bones with bison or such (If I’m lucky enough to get bison). Earth Fare is the only place I’d feel comfortable getting beef bones from, and they don’t really label what they are except to call them “dog bones.”

    • Savory is an herb that comes in 2 varieties…winter and summer. I prefer the summer for this mix. I’ve read you can sub thyme or thyme w/ a touch of rosemary. I will make a note in the post :). The beef broth thing has eluded me thus far as well. I hope to revisit it again :). I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t mix bones but I am no broth expert. I’ll go ask my friend who is.

    • You should be fine making broth w/ a variety of bones :). Good question!

  17. Thank you for the help, that is awesome! :)

  18. I would like to make the “All purpose seasoning” but dont know what the 6 teasp.of savory is.

  19. Natalie says:

    I do something similar but cut the spices 50/50 with nutritional yeast. It’s so good! I’m glad you are a RealSalt advocate. I think in general salt still gets a pretty bad rap. I do have to omit sage as a nursing mom- it’s bad for supply.

  20. That sounds great, I will definitely try it, as I have banished store bought cubes a long time ago. The only things I will add for sure are Bay and smoked paprika. :-)

  21. We will bare with you but I don’t think I want to BEAR with you lol.

  22. I clicked the link to check out the balsamic vinegar. The heading says it is 10 years old but the text says 1 year. Interesting ‘typo’ don’t you think?

  23. Oops, must have been checking out links and somehow ended up commenting on this post. Previous comment stands but not relevant to this post :))
    Paula

  24. Do you have a special spice mix for chicken soup? I don’t like using boullion or premade mixes that have msg.

  25. Absolutely beautiful! I cannot wait to try this, Adrienne! Thanks so much for sharing!! xo

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