Category Archives: Stocks and Soups

Healthy and Easy Bouillon Cubes Recipe

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

healthy homemade bouillon cubes

People new to traditional cooking are frequently surprised to learn that bouillon cubes from the store are a heavily processed food that without exception contain large amounts of neurotoxic MSG.  Even organic bouillon cubes or stock cubes should be avoided!

Take a look at the ingredients of this popular brand of organic chicken bouillon cubes from the healthfood store that falsely proclaims “No MSG Added” on the label:

Organic Chicken Bouillon Cube Ingredients:
yeast extract, corn starch*, non hydrogenated palm oil*, mineral salt, natural chicken and rosemary flavouring, chicken fat*, lovage*, turmeric*, parsley*, chicken meat powder*. *organic

What’s the very first ingredient?

Yeast extract which is just another name for MSG. Note that there are dozens of aliases for neurotoxic MSG (1) used in food labeling that while misleading, is completely legal. It is essentially a cat and mouse game food manufacturers play with consumers. As soon as consumers wise up to one name, they change to another then another.

Note that avoidance of MSG in processed foods is important not only to keep frequent headaches at bay, but also to maintain a healthy weight. MSG damages and kills neurons in the hypothalamus in the brain stem and can contribute to obesity over time by damaging metabolism (2).

How companies get away with these labeling shenanigans is shocking. As a consumer, you really need to be on your toes to keep from falling for these processed food scams.

The good news is that it is simple to make your own healthy bouillon cubes to liven up the flavor of homemade broth or to add to filtered water along with some veggies, legumes or meat to make a super fast soup in a pinch.

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How to Make Broth from Bonito Flakes (Quick Fish Stock)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

Bonito Flakes“Fish stock will cure anything

Good broth will resurrect the dead”  

 ~ South American proverbs

Fish broth made from bonito flakes is an easy, fast and highly economical stock.

It is delicious to sip alone or as a base for soup as used traditionally in Japanese cuisine.

I personally feel that fish stock is a must to teach your children before they leave home. It is so easy to make, and absolutely the fastest of all traditional broths.

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Stretch Your Real Food Budget Using the French Art of Remouillage

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

The Culinary Arts Dictionary defines the French word remouillage as “a weak stock made by resimmering bones that have been used to make stock once already.”

Indeed, this is exactly what remouillage is:  a rewetting or remoistening of soup bones that have already served their purpose with a previous batch of bone broth or stock (not to be confused with meat stock).

Despite the fact that my Father’s side of the family is French and I’ve been an avid stock maker for over 10 years, I’d never actually practiced the art of remouillage until a year or so ago.  It’s not that I hadn’t heard about it before.

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Italian Vegetable Soup (No Stock or Broth Needed)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

Italian vegetable soup

Let’s face it.  Despite the best planning and organization, sometimes the freezer can be (gasp) completely empty of the most basic of traditional cooking items:  homemade bone broth, also sometimes referred to as stock.

It happens to me, and I’m sure it has happened to you too!

And, true to Murphy’s Law for Traditional Cooks, the very same day you are out of homemade stock, the family will clamor for soup for dinner.

Virtually guaranteed.

Am I right people?

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Pork Broth: The Delicious Stock You’ve Probably Never Tried

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

Pork StockMaking homemade bone broth is arguably one of the most important techniques a Traditional Cook must incorporate into the kitchen routine on a very frequent basis.

I make stock almost every week, not just because our family flies through quarts of it so quickly, but also because keeping a ready supply of mineral and gelatin rich broth in the freezer for when illness unexpectedly hits is important in order to facilitate rapid recovery without meds.

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