Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix By Sara Tipton for Natural Blaze
Dry onion soup mix is a versatile pantry staple that can be used for soups, dips, casseroles, and even mixed in to add a little oomph to dinners. We like to make our own soup mix because, oftentimes, onion soup that is purchased in grocery stores is laced with harmful preservatives like sulfur dioxide and monosodium glutamate and artificial colors and flavors. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make it at home and you get to control the ingredients used!
In fact, there are several advantages to making your own dry soups. If you are frugal, it can save you some money. There are far fewer artificial ingredients and you can control the sodium level. Plus, it can save you time! Homemade dry onion soup mix is great to have on hand for “just add water” meals and to season meats and dishes. It’s also great to add to “cream of something” soup or used to make French onion dip too (just add a pint of sour cream to the recipe)! Just make some homemade potato chips or sweet potato chips and you’re set! You’ve got a healthy snack for your little ones to enjoy!
To start, you may want to know how to use a dehydrator. This will come in handy if you REALLY want to make your soup mix from scratch and start with fresh ingredients. And dehydrators are more often than not worth the investment! The Prepper’s Cookbook hails this culinary tool as a must-have for creating a stocked pantry. Additionally, this is a great way to use up extra produce you have that you need to get rid of.
If you do decide that dehydrating your vegetable is right for you, keep some of these rules in mind:
- You can dehydrate any fruit or vegetable, regardless of quality or ripeness. If something is too ripe and soft, you can always puree it and dry the puree. Although using the best quality fruits and veggies will result in the best quality dried goods, remember that the goal here is preservation, not perfection. So don’t be afraid to dehydrate the bruised, overripe, and slightly damaged goods. Just make sure not to put mold in the dehydrator as it can spread and infect the rest of the foods.
- Some food items can be air-dried. Herbs and other green leafy food sources, in particular, do not necessarily need a dehydrator. They can be set out of the way and air-dried.