Soup or Sauce (SOS) Master Mix Secrets

My Most-Used Master Mix—Let Me Show You Why!

Get your coffee or your tea, find a relaxing chair (or toilet seat…who am I to judge?), and get ready to read because today I am going to show you how to save money, time, cabinet space, your health, and maybe your sanity!

I have decided to do a series of articles showing you how easy it is to use the SOS Master Mix. As there are several who felt the previous series seemed overwhelming, this series will be broken down into easy to follow charts and directions for using the mix to make the many foods you can cook up with SOS Mix.

This recipe mix has been available from several sources through the years. It is commonly known as SOS Mix, Magic Mix, Cream of Anything, and many other names. My Master Mix is gluten-free, low sodium, and low-carb. I have worked on these soup recipes, refining them to get the best flavors from them for my soups.

Included in this Article:
• Why Use SOS Mix?
• Dietary Replacements
• Which “Milk” Powder Should I Use?
• Why Isn’t the Bouillon in the Mix?
• Soup or Sauce (SOS) Master Mix Recipe

What makes this ONE MIX so great you ask?

  • It is cheap, cheap, cheap. Each batch contains the equivalent of 9 cans of cream soup and all you really need to add to it is water.
  • It is easy & quick to make. In 5 minutes you can have a mix that can help you make literally dozens of meals.
  • It is homemade with just a few simple ingredients that you can pronounce and that you probably already use every day. And because it is homemade, you can change out the ingredients to fit your cooking needs.
  • It is shelf stable which means it does not have to be refrigerated.
  • It is gluten-free. Frustrating how many canned soups have gluten in them, isn’t it?.
  • It is low carb and low salt, unlike the commercial foods you can make from it. It’s fat-free Just look at this comparison with one of the products you can make from SOS Mix:

There are a number of ways to fit this Master Mix into your dietary needs.

  • With the use of cornstarch, it is already gluten-free. Although arrowroot is actually one of my favorite thickeners, when combined with dairy products it gets a slimy texture to it that is unappealing, so it cannot be substituted here.
  • To make it dairy-free, you also have several options. Lactose-free, Vegan options include Non-dairy creamer, coconut milk powder, almond milk powder, soy milk powder, hemp milk powder, oat milk powder, rice milk powder, almond-coconut milk powder, quinoa milk powder, potato milk powder, or flax milk powder.
  • Fat-free option: Use powdered nonfat milk or milk substitute and instant vegetable bouillon.
  • To make it vegan, you just use the dairy free options with vegetable bouillon at cook time!


As you can see, no matter what dietary restrictions you may have, SOS Mix can be your go-to in replacing many store-bought convenience soups, gravies, and sauces .And. because it is a dry mix that is shelf stable, you can use it in dry mixes for the pantry, on-the-go meal packs, and camp food as well.

Which “Milk” Powder Should I Use?

Powdered Non-Fat Dry Milk Substitutes: Powdered rice milk, coconut milk, and almond milk work just as well, although they do impart a little different flavor. For those of you that have powdered whole milk, you may use that also. With powdered whole milk, you may find you do not need the butter when you are cooking and this can be left out of the recipe if you wish.

Dairy Milk options include Instant Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder and Regular Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder. Regular dry milk is sometimes called “Non-Instant”. It doesn’t dissolve as readily as instant milk powder and is a bit more troublesome to find. Dry whole milk powder is available too. Any of these may be used.

You can use either instant or non-instant dry milk, nonfat or whole milk powder. Just be sure to check the actual milk’s instructions when mixing your batch. There may be a volume difference. When making liquid milk from dry it is 1/4 cup non-instant to 1 cup water and 1/3 cup instant to 1 cup water. It’s more of a personal preference.

I get my Nonfat Dry Milk powder from the LDS Store (see picture) because, 1) it is the cheapest I have found anywhere, 2) they will mail it to me super cheap ($3.00 as of this writing), 3) it mixes very well with whatever I add it to, 4) it has a better taste than most other powdered milks I have tried.They have locations where you can also pick up individual bags in the USA and Canada, as well as many other countries. Click here for more details.

Why Isn’t the Bouillon in the Mix?

The original SOS Mix contained the bouillon granules within the mix. However, I like to vary mine, so I make up mine without the bouillon and add that when I make my packets or when I cook my soup. That way I can flavor it with whatever works best for vegetable, fish, beef, chicken, or pork dishes. You may choose to do it either way. To add it to the main mix, use 1/4 cup instant bouillon (regular, homemade, or low sodium).

Please Note: Some Brands of Chicken Bouillon are saltier than others. We recommend Herb-ox Sodium-free, Gluten-free Bouillon which is also Gluten-free. They also make a MSG-free, Gluten-free bouillon. Or, you can make your own broth powder!

Soup or Sauce (SOS) Master Mix

Yield: Equal to 9 (10.5 oz) cans of creamed soup

Welcome to your new best friend in the kitchen!

2 cups powdered non-fat dry milk (for dairy-free, see above options)
3/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing thoroughly.
  2. Store in a quart Mason jar or other air-tight container until ready to use. It does not have to be refrigerated.
  3. Shake well before using.


Next in the Series…

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2 thoughts on “Soup or Sauce (SOS) Master Mix Secrets

  1. Jody says:

    How much do you use to make equivalents to one can. Thanks.

    1. Admin says:

      Look at the newest article: “21 Creamy Condensed Soups to Replace the Red Cans”

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