Most people love to buy store-bought seasoning cubes because they are easy to use. These seasoning cubes have become a must-have ingredient in every recipe. It adds a great flavour to whatever it is added to, improving the food’s taste and aroma. These seasoning cubes even come in different flavours that are meant to reflect the dishes they are used for. Seasoning cubes have also replaced our traditional seasoners and some even use them in place of salt.
Seasoned Cubes are known by many names such as Maggi Cubes, Bouillon Cubes, Masala Cubes, Beef Stock, Chicken Stock, etc. But there are reasons why you wouldn’t want to use them anymore. A typical seasoning cube contains salt, sugar, extracts of vegetables and natural spices and flavours, or extracts of pork, fish or beef and Monosodium glutamate known as MSG. There is some controversy when it comes to MSG. We have heard people saying that MSG is bad. It is no doubt that it changes the taste of food but excessive use of these cubes could have some effect on our body.
Aside from that, store-bought seasoning cubes have a lot of salt. One cube of the average seasoning cube contains at least 2500 milligrams of sodium! It’s almost 40% of the whole seasoning cube. Excess salt consumption could lead to high blood pressure and kidney problems.
That is why most people wanted an alternative seasoning without this particular ingredient. If you are a meat eater, a simple way to create your own seasoning cube is just to boil a boney part of the meat, add water, salt, vinegar, pepper, bay leaf, and cinnamon, and just boil it for up to 8 hours.
In this blog, we are going to help you, especially vegan eaters, make your own vegetable Bouillon Cubes with the most common ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. Follow these very simple steps with very simple ingredients – all-natural, gluten-free, and contains no preservatives and MSG!
Bouillon Cubes Recipe, Best Maggi SubstituteCuisine: InternationalDifficulty: Easy
How to make your own Bouillon Cubes – an all-natural replacement to your store-bought cubes.
Tomato and Onion
Garlic Cloves (Optional)
Cinnamon, Turmeric, and Black Pepper (Optional)
Olive Oil or Sesame Oil
- Finely chop all of the vegetables into small cubes.
- Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cinnamon, chopped garlic, and onions to the pan. Saute until the onion softens a little bit.
- Then, add the potatoes and carrots. Add a tablespoon of black pepper and mix. Allow it to simmer.
- After a few minutes, add the chopped tomatoes and celery. Mix it and allow it to simmer.
- Add the parsley. Mix until cooked.
- Then add a tablespoon of salt and half a tablespoon of turmeric. Mix everything and cook it a little more.
- After the mixture is cooked, allow it to cool slightly and use a food processor to blend it into a puree.
- Once the puree is done, oil a plate or add baking paper to a tray and transfer the stock. Level it out with a spatula.
- Transfer it to the freezer to freeze for at least 3-4 hours until hardened. Then cut into cubes and transfer to a freezer-safe container to store.
- Now you have a Bouillon Cube ready to use whenever you need it! Enjoy!