Being away from my source of bouillon cube has been a curse for many years. I had to wait for my next trip to France to buy some, or I had to add the little package to my wish list when my parents visited. This was one of the last items I decided I could only get there. (As a new immigrant I used to load my luggage with all sorts of things, but little by little I found my way around my local store's aisles and discovered substitutes for all these goodies.)
A box would last me nearly a year, so I always had supplies for the few recipes in which bouillon cubes seemed irreplaceable, like this beef and carrot stew. I would use them very sparingly. But one day... months away from any trip to/from my bouillon cube paradise, I used the last cube in the box. Oh, horror! What was I going to do!!! The safety net was gone.
Rather than despair, I read the list of ingredients on the side of the box, in hopes that I would be able to come up with an equivalent mix of spices. Here's what I read:
Maggi's Kub Or ingredients:
- salt, flavor enhancers, hydrogenated palm oil, natural flavors (wheat, soy), sugar, onion, glucose syrup, citric acid, garlic, coriander seeds; pepper, cloves, celery, and bay leaf extracts, preservatives.
Replacement for 1 bouillon cube:
- 1 tbsp olive oil or butter
- 1/2 fresh yellow onion, chopped
- 2 fresh garlic cloves, peeled, halved, stem removed
- 2 fresh or dried bay leaves
- 3 sprigs fresh or dried thyme
- 1 tsp whole coriander seeds, crushed
- 1 tsp whole celery seeds, crushed
- 2 whole cloves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
And this is how the curse became a blessing :-)
PS: I sill love Kub Ors and recommend them if you can find them!