How to Make Your Own Bouillon Granules

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Any type of vegetable can be dehydrated for bouillon.
Any type of vegetable can be dehydrated for bouillon. (Image: veggies oh so pretty image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com)

Bouillon granules, a common staple in many kitchens, are dehydrated vegetables or broth used to flavor soups. Bouillon granules are available for commercial purchase in several different flavors for a relatively low cost. However, bouillon granules sold in stores often have a high salt content. You can make bouillon granules from home using dehydrated vegetables and a small amount of salt for a healthier alternative. Making bouillon granules requires only a few simple kitchen supplies to get started.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 leeks
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Food dehydrator
  • Coffee grinder
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • Plastic container with lid

Chop two carrots, two celery stalks, two leeks and 1/2 cup of fresh parsley on a cutting board with a sharp knife. The chopped pieces should be no thicker than 1/4 inch.

Place the chopped vegetables into a food dehydrator and dry for time specified by the manufacturer.

Place the dried vegetables into a coffee grinder and turn it on high for two minutes.

Pour 1 tbsp. of salt into the mixture and turn the coffee grinder on high for another minute.

Pour the bullion into a plastic container and seal tightly. Store the bouillon in a refrigerator and use within 12 months to prevent spoilage.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with adding different vegetables and seasonings to your bouillon mixture.

References

  • "Cooking Basics for Dummies"; Bryan Miller, Marie Rama and Eve Adamson; 2011
  • "The New Book of Soups: A complete guide to stocks, ingredients, preparation and cooking techniques, with over 150 tempting new recipes"; Anne Sheasby; 2010
  • "Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition"; Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker; 2006
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