Most of us are conditioned thanks to advertising firms’ marketing to buy already prepared mixes that we can make at home for a fraction of the cost. Our family has recently explored creating some convenience items that we can easily make at home including Onion Dry Soup Mix and Italian Salad Dressing.
When I was growing up, a staple in our home was Lipton Onion Dry Soup Mix. My mom used this for making dips and to sprinkle on our roasts for flavor. However, Lipton Onion Soup Mix is not cheap at about $1.60 a box, especially when you consider you can easily put together your own onion dry soup mix using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
In addition to saving yourself a little bit of money, you also avoid unsavory ingredients such as MSG, hydrolized soy protein and disodium inosinate.
This is a recipe I originally found on Heavenly Homemakers  (a great source for natural recipes); best of all, I notice no difference from the “real” Lipton Onion Dry Soup Mix.
Onion Dry Soup Mix
- 2/3 cup dried, minced onion
- 3 teaspoons parsley flakes
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Mix all ingredients in an airtight container, then give it a good shake.
Use 4 Tablespoons Onion Soup Mix in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix. Store this in a dry, cool place.
I primarily use this sprinkled on our stews and roasts that I cook in the slow cooker. However, you could also mix it with sour cream for a chip or veggie dip. Another option is to mix it with ground beef to cook up flavorful hamburgers.
Besides saving money and having more natural, healthy ingredients, homemade condiments, sauces, and mixes are also great for those who have allergies or intolerances. My daughter cannot eat soy, and we were suprised to learn that soybean oil is in many salad dressings.
Instead, we turned to making our own using this recipe (also thanks to Heavenly Homemakers):
Italian Dressing Mix
- 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried celery flakes
Shake ingredients together and store in a jar.
To make Italian salad dressing: Mix 2 Tablespoons dry mix with 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 teaspoons water and 1/2 cup olive oil.
I sprinkle this dry on my roasts and stews for a change of pace. It is also delicious prepared as Italian salad dressing and poured on chicken breasts that are then baked in the oven. Yum.
What condiments or mixes do you make at home? Which ones would you like to learn to make?