• Homemade SOS Mix {Gypsy Magpie}

    SOS Mix: Make Your Own Cream Soups

    I’ve been trying to cut out canned cream soups this past year. Why? Well, first, because there are a whole lot of ingredients in that can…

    INGREDIENTS
    CHICKEN STOCK, WATER, VEGETABLE OIL, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, WHEAT FLOUR, CREAM (MILK), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF: SALT, DEHYDRATED MECHANICALLY SEPARATED CHICKEN, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, CHICKEN FAT, YEAST EXTRACT, FLAVORING, BETA CAROTENE FOR COLOR, CHICKEN FLAVOR, BUTTER (CREAM [MILK]). Info can be found HERE.

    Secondly, because as gas prices have risen, so unfortunately, has the cost of food. Feeding a family of 6 {including a 6’7” man with a bottomless pit or a stomach} gets more and more expensive every year. I’m finding that ditching the convenience foods and making meals from scratch really is a great way to extend your budget, not to mention eat a little healthier. Yes, cream soups aren’t that healthy even made from scratch, but at least the homemade versions doesn’t have MSG, man-made flavorings, and excess salt. So, in regards to health, I feel a little better about it.
    The problem with cooking from scratch is it takes a little bit more time to pull out and measure the ingredients. As you already know, I am a horrible planner. I avoid planning like the plague. We just don’t mesh, way too much energy involved! So, needless to say, a lot of times I’m trying to put together a yummy meal in a pinch. Enter the make ahead mix!

    I started out trying a mix called MAGIC MIX. I liked the flavor, but I didn’t love that a giant container was taking up valuable real-estate in my fridge. If you don’t mind a big thing in your fridge for months, then try it out. It tastes good and works great. But, because I was running out of space, I decided to go back and try a shelf stable recipe my grandma had given me years ago called SOS Mix.

    Homemade SOS Mix {Gypsy Magpie}

    All you do is mix 5 ingredients together in a bowl and then store in an labeled airtight container in your pantry. So easy.

    Homemade SOS Mix {Gypsy Magpie}

    Homemade SOS Mix {Gypsy Magpie}

    SOS Mix

    Ingredients:

              2 cups powdered non-fat dry milk
              3/4 cup cornstarch
              1/4 cup instant chicken bouillon (regular or low sodium)
              2 Tablespoons dried onion flakes
              2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning (optional…but yummy)

    Directions:

    Mix ingredients together in large bowl. Store in an airtight container. Makes equivalent of 9 cans of cream soup.
    To make cream soup:
              Combine 1/3 cup of dry mix with 1 1/4 cups of cold water.
              Cook and stir over the stove or in microwave until thickened.
              Add thickened mixture to recipe as you would a regular can of soup.
    You can also add or substitute other dried herbs like basil, thyme, or a little bit of pepper. This is simple, have fun and play around with whatever your family likes.
    *To make Cream of Mushroom soup, simply add a 4 ounce can of mushrooms or sautéed fresh mushrooms as part of the water in the recipe above.
    *Cheese sauce? Yep, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup shredded cheese after soup mixture has thickened. Stir until cheese melts.
    I don’t use this mix for everything, sometimes a recipe just has to have a good old fashioned rue made with real butter, but this mix works great when I’m in a time crunch and hurrying to get a meal on the table. I can now cook homemade macaroni and cheese just as fast as I can make up the orange kind in the blue box. Pretty handy! Oh, almost forgot, it’s fat free which makes me happy!{However, there is cornstarch in it, which is a highly processed ingredient… I’m not sure if you could substitute flour or arrowroot powder. Maybe? Could be worth a try if the thought of using cornstarch bothers you. Please let me know if you do!}
    Here is a link to a downloadable SOS Mix recipe pamphlet from the USU EXTENSION. {Go Aggies!} There are a lot of great ideas of how to use it from Alfredo Sauce to homemade hamburger helper. There are more recipe ideas in this AWESOME BANK OF MIX RECIPES that is also provided by the USU Extension. They know pretty much everything. I go to the Extension looking for answers to all my gardening, cooking, cleaning, and well, practically any question involving the home. They have incredibly knowledgeable staff and walls of resources to choose from. If you are in Utah and can’t find an answer on their WEBSITE, I highly recommend giving one of their offices a visit. You will be so glad you did. {Go Aggies! Wait, did I already say that?}
    I’m on a make a mix kick right now, so help a girl out!

    **What is your favorite homemade version of something usually bought in a store?**

    I heard homemade Taco Seasoning is fantastic. I’m trying that one next!
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