Ah, onion dip. There’s nothing better than eating potato or root chips with a bit of onion dip. Well, maybe these homemade potato chips. But I digress.
I used to buy onion soup mixes in little packets from the grocery store. I’d rip open the packet and stir in with sour cream, and then voila: the easiest dip ever.
Then, one day I stopped to look at the ingredients and researched what all the terms meant. I was horrified to see all the preservatives and hidden MSG.
Here’s the ingredient list for a popular brand of onion soup mix:
Onion, Salt, Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Soy Protein, Wheat Gluten, Dextrose, Yeast Extract, Corn Maltodextrin and Spices
Let’s break it down:
- Onion – likely GMO sourced
- Salt – likely low-quality table salt
- Hydrolyzed corn gluten – this is essentially glutamic acid, which is a type of MSG.1
- Soy protein – apart from containing soy (likely GMO sourced), it also processed free glutamic acid or MSG.2
- Wheat gluten – contains gluten
- Dextrose – suspected of containing or creating sufficient processed free glutamic acid to serve as MSG-reaction triggers in highly sensitive people people.2
- Yeast extract – this is processed free glutamic acid or MSG.2
- Corn Maltodextrin – likely GMO sourced
- Spices – who knows what’s in “spices”. There could, in fact, be an ingredient derived from gluten.
There are at least 9 ingredients in that dip (who knows how many are in “spices”) and at least 4 of the ingredients are hidden sources of MSG – even though it isn’t properly labeled to show that. Scary stuff.
Is this what you want to feed your family? You don’t have to resort to using processed dip packets to make French Onion Dip. You don’t even have to buy the pre-made French Onion Dip in grocery stores – which also have a bunch of artificial ingredients, MSG and preservatives.
You CAN make your own. I’ll show you how.
Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials
I get my other kitchen pantry supplies like sea salt, black pepper, spices, coconut oil, and other essentials either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Bob’s Red Mill baking soda, for instance, is about $3 at my local health food store and $6 on Amazon. But it’s only $2.03 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.
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I love this recipe. It's a piece of cake to make. The basic spices are just 4 ingredients + sour cream = a fresh, easy homemade French Onion Dip anyone can make. You can even pre-make the 4 spices and store in small containers to use as needed. I carry these spices in my spice rack so it's easy for me to make any time.
- 2 tbsp organic dehydrated onion flakes (or try this tutorial on how to make your own dried onions in the dehydrator)
- 1 tbsp organic dried parsley or 3 tbsp of organic fresh parsley
- 1 tsp organic garlic powder or 1/2 tsp fresh organic garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt (or to taste)
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- All of the above
- 16 oz organic or raw sour cream (full fat)
- In a mixing bowl, add all dry ingredients.
- Store in an air-tight container and use as needed.
- Add sour cream to dry mix ingredients until mixed well.
- Wait 5-10 minutes for dip to settle, and then serve.
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