How I Save Time and Space in My Kitchen with Souper Mix

How I Save Time and Space in My Kitchen with Souper Mix

A876bda378bd52a7049f3264afffe35cab62a19c?auto=compress&w=240&h=240&fit=crop
Emily Han
Mar 26, 2014
(Image credit: Emily Han)

This week I spent a little time replenishing my supply of souper mix. What is souper mix, you ask? Well, it's the reason I no longer make or buy containers of vegetable broth or stock — and have a lot more room in my pantry and freezer as a result.

(Image credit: Emily Han)

For many years I made my own stock from vegetable scraps that I'd save in the freezer. Once I amassed enough scraps I'd simmer them in water to make a stock, which I would also store in the freezer. The whole thing took up a lot of space (not to mention defrosting time). Sometimes, in a pinch, I would buy stock from the grocery store but this always felt ridiculous because I knew how much cheaper and less wasteful the DIY version could be.

Everything changed when I discovered a recipe for "Souper mix" in Pam Corbin's River Cottage Preserves handbook. In short, you blend typical stock ingredients like carrots, leeks, and other vegetables with salt in a food processor to make a concentrated paste. Any time you need stock, you just stir a spoonful into hot water. (This method has also been popularized by Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks, who calls it Homemade Bouillon.)

This week I made four jars of souper mix. One went in the refrigerator and the others in the freezer. Corbin's recipe allows for a lot of flexibility but I like to keep the mix pretty basic so it's versatile. In my latest version I included carrots, celery, leeks, shallots, garlic, parsley, and cilantro. I love how this method doesn't hog up a lot of freezer or pantry space. Plus those few minutes of prep will save me time for months to come.

Kitchn supports our readers with carefully chosen product recommendations to improve life at home. You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission.
moving--truck moving--dates moving--dolly moving--house moving--cal Created with Sketch. moving--apt