While we are on the topic of homemade mixes, I may as well toss this one your way. I think I have placed enough sweet recipes on here during Advent to choke a small village of horses. Here is a savory one, but not without a story first. A long time ago I planned a huge Make-A-Mix Party for the ladies at church, 75 to be exact. I chose to make this Herbed Rice Mix, Italian Dressing Mix, Hot Cocoa Mix, and a jarred mix called Cranberry Hootycreeks (the best jarred cookie mix ever!) Are you doing the math yet?
That is 75 Mason Jars and pounds and pounds of flour, sugar, rice, spices, vanilla chips, etc. Ma helped. She and I looked ridiculous at Costco with our huge trolley of ingredients- oh plus all the bins, measuring spoons, measuring cups, and funnels needed. She and I figured we had well over 500 pounds of goods in my SUV.I could not leave things well enough alone, oh no, not me! I had the ladies bag their Italian Dressing Mix in individual button bags, made material toppers for the jars, along with ribbons and had printed out hundreds of labels for all their mixes. So here is the run down- 75 women made a total of 825 mixes in under 45 minutes. You should have seen Ma. She was like the Food Gestapo, “No heaping, no heaping, it has to be exact! You heapin’ women you!” she shouted. Boy she and I had a good laugh later that night when we imagined that some of those mixes that went home were going to be awfully salty or sweet. You never saw so many women having so much fun, it was great!
Herbed Rice Mix- adapted from Taste of Home Dec/Jan/1995, pg 19.
3 cups basmati rice, jasmine is nice too
2 T. instant chicken bouillon granules**
1/4 cup dried parsley
1 T. dried minced onion
1/2 tsp. dried granulated garlic, not powder
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves, not powdered
Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
For gift-giving, include this label:
Combine 2 cups water and 1 T. butter in a saucepan, bring to a boil. Stir in 1 cup Herbed Rice Mix. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 6 servings.
Store in cool, dry place for up to one year.
**If you have a sensitivity to MSG, which most bouillons contain, then omit and boil rice in natural chicken broth, then salt to taste.
Come back tomorrow for Day 18.