Saturday, May 25, 2019

DIY Chicken Bouillon

It is so nice to have a couple of like-minded friends when it come to preparedness.  It's even nicer when they are also concerned about all the garbage in prepared foods and seek alternatives for healthier eating.  

I really hate the little cubes of chicken bouillon at the store because they're loaded with garbage, but the organic stuff is just too expensive.  So most of the time I used home-canned chicken stock where possible, but I never have enough of that.  It never occurred to me that I could just make my own at home.  Yeah, I know, it seems like something simple that everyone else probably knew about.  But just in case there are one or two more people like me, I thought I'd share a couple of recipes for DIY chicken bouillon.

The main ingredient here is nutritional yeast flakes.  I'd heard about them but never paid much attention, so I had to research them to find out more.  Nutritional yeast flakes are not brewer's yeast or bread-making yeast.  They are adored by vegans for some kind of cheese-substitute and adding flavor to their foods.  It's a little bit pricey, in my opinion, running about $8.00 per pound in the bulk section at my local Winco.  Apparently, most people get it at their health food stores.  Of course, Amazon has it, too, but the best you're going to do price-wise looks like about $10.00 per pound.   It looks like it has a two-year shelf life.  I couldn't find any information on whether it lasts longer if vacuum-sealed, but it seems as if that would be the case.

I've included two recipes here; you can find loads more online.  Give them a try and see which you like better.  They differ substantially in the amount of herbs.  I like lots of seasoning, but some people like their food a little more subtle in flavor.  I have omitted salt in both of these recipes, so you'll need to adjust accordingly when cooking.  Some chicken bouillon is just too salty, and some people need to watch their intake.  I figure it's better to add your own salt to your preferences.

DIY Chicken Bouillon #1

1 cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon basil

DIY Chicken Bouillon #2

1 cup nutritional yeast flakes
3 tablespoons minced dry onion 
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon thyme 
1 tablespoon marjoram
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon sage
1 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder

The chicken flavor comes from the nutritional yeast.  But what do we do when we can't get nutritional yeast?  My good friend Renee thought and thought about this dilemma, and finally came up with the perfect answer:  powdered chicken!  While freeze-dried chicken could be used very easily, it would be less expensive to use dehydrated chicken.  Those who have done it already know that dehydrated chicken loses a lot in texture when it is rehydrated.  It just doesn't turn out all that well for eating.  But it's great for turning into powder for making bouillon. 

Thanks, Renee!

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Spanish Rice

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