Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Soy Sauce Alternative!!

How many of you go out to eat in an Oriental Restaurant or pick up a bottle of Soy Sauce and don't even think twice about what goes into making it?  For myself and thousands of others, this is a huge problem.  I have an allergy to soy that is fairly recent.  I also suffer from a rare genetic disorder known as Hereditary Angioedema and soy exacerbates this condition.  When I eat anything with soy in it, I swell up like a little puffer fish!!  My abdomen swells up like I am pregnant, I can't breathe right, my face can swell, my ankles, or anywhere on my body.  It is terrifying.  Tonight's post is about canning an alternative for those of us that suffer from this allergy and needing an alternative for recipes that call for soy sauce!!  I found the basic recipe but once again I had to alter it due to other allergies as well.  Most call for garlic (another one of my allergies).  I often do a 4x batch for canning to ensure I have it on hand!  So, here is my version!!  This is a pressure can only recipe as it is a 'low acid' food!!  If you want, you can just make a batch and put in your refrigerator and it will keep for about 2 weeks without 'processing' (canning).  Enjoy!!

4 Tbsps Beef Broth *
4 Tsps Balsamic Vinegar                                    
2 Tsps Dark Molasses
1/4 Tsp Ground Ginger
1/8 Tsp Ground White Pepper
1/8 Tsp Asafoetida ** (or 1 tsp garlic!)
1 1/2 C Water

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the beef bouillon/broth, balsamic vinegar, molasses, ginger, white pepper, asafoetida and water.

2. Boil gently until liquid is reduced to about 1 cup, about 15 minutes.

3. To Pressure Can, ladle into hot prepared jars, place lids, rings, and place in prepared pressure canner with lid.  Vent canner for 10 minutes, and PC according to elevation for 25 minutes at 11 lbs pressure (0-2000 ft) for half pints/pints.

* I use my own home canned beef broth as it does not contain any garlic, onion, or any additives that I am allergic to.  You can use any safe beef broth that you are comfortable with but read the label to ensure it does not contain any soy!!

** Asafoetida is an Indian Spice and it is recommended that you ONLY get the one available at PennHerbCo.  Most forms contain 'fillers' which are NOT able to be canned safely!  Secondly, if you are pregnant, intend on becoming pregnant, do NOT use this spice.  It is safe to omit it!!

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