I love to experiment with new things as you all know. But I have to say this recipe takes the cake for one of the coolest things I have ever made. I feel like a food scientist or a molecular gastronomist. This might be up there with actually getting myself some liquid nitrogen to make quick ice cream at home like they do on Top Chef (a girl can dream). So what is it? I made bouillon powder out of my chicken broth. Yes-you heard me right.
I travel for work periodically and we also have a family vacation coming up to South Africa. This is my first trip since switching over to my complete real food diet. How was I going to survive without all my food?! Thankfully all of my work trips are overseas and I at least trust the food I get in a restaurant in Spain or the UK better than in the US – at least they have banned genetically modified ingredients. But – the thing I have to have every day is completely unportable – chicken broth. I can’t very well carry that on a plane! And what about my daughter and her awesome milk – that isn’t portable either! Eek!
But I found a blog with a very compelling solution. A recipe for traveling bone broth – basically dried and powdered bouillon. But could I do it? It would require a big purchase – a food dehydrator – and steps leave a lot of room for error. I have thought about buying a food dehydrator but just hadn’t made the leap yet. This pushed me over the edge. I decided on Monday to try this – I made my soup as usual and my new dehydrator showed up on Wed. I followed the recipe and cooked down 2 quarts of my broth until it was thick and syrup-y but not burned yet. This took a lot of patience. I then spread it on my new food dehydrator and set it to 155 degrees and left it there overnight. I then ground it all up in my husbands coffee grinder and voila – it worked! I now have a small jar of my very own chicken bouillon to take with me when I leave for my trips! I tested it this morning and the ratio is about 1/2 tsp per 8 oz of water (it will vary each time). I couldn’t believe it. Real food made convenient! This would be great for people that don’t have extra freezer space to store lots of broth in. Truly amazing!
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