I wanted to make a crock pot pork tenderloin fr dinner tonight and a recipe that looked really good to me called for onion soup mix. I picked some up at the grocery store earlier and when I got home I looked at the package. (Should have done so in the store).
Hydrolyzed corn, wheat and soy protein, corn starch, caramel color, partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening, autolyzed yeast extract, corn syrup solids, thiamine hydrochloride, disodium inositate, disodium guanylate. I was curios what a couple of these things actually were so I looked them up. Autolyzed yeast extract is another name for MSG, so if you were looking for MSG and didn’t see it, well that’s because its being disguised! Disodium inositate and disodium guanylate are also flavor enhancers that are usually paired with MSG to get that savory flavor. (Check out this great blog post on food additives from healthybliss.net http://bit.ly/qZTv6Y)
We have all heard that partially hydrogenated oils were bad because they are trans fats, but this product has 0g of fats. How could that be? Well if the food has less than .5g of fat per serving it can be labeled free. This package has 8 servings, so it could have 4g of trans fats. Dehydrated onion and garlic were the only real food items in this thing. I think I may need another post to look at some food additives in everyday foods.
Since it was loaded with artificial ingredients and things I can’t pronounce and I didn’t want to go back to the store, I looked for a mix I could make with what I had at home that would be comprable to the store bought stuff.
Most all of the homemade mixes called for bouillon cubes, which can have more artificial ingredients in them, so I wanted to stay away from those. I found one from www.heavenlyhomemakers.com that I liked and just tweaked a little to what I had available.
2/3 cup dried minced onion
1 Tbsp parsley flakes
2 tsps turmeric
1 tsp celery salt
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp favorite sugar/natural sweetener (I used brown sugar)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Mix all together and whoa-la Onion Soup Mix! I actually didn’t have any dried onion which would have made it a little better, but I just added more onin powder and a little garlic powder. 4 Tablespoons is supposed to equal one packet of onion soup mix. It added some good flavor to my pork tenderloin tonight! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out.