Secret Ingredient

Add Flavor to Canned Waxed Beans

Canned wax beans were lacking in flavor to Carole B. of Mount Forest, Ontario until her sister-in-law shared a secret: Brown a few tablespoons of butter in a hot skillet. Add the drained beans and…

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Add Flavor to Cooked Cabbage

Chicken bouillon in place of butter or bacon drippings adds great flavor to cooked cabbage, assures Mary Lou M. of Vernon, Texas.

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Add Flavor to Homemade Noodles

“When cooking homemade noodles, I put beef or chicken bouillon granules in the water and let them dissolve before mixing the dough,” reports Lila R. of Texarkana, Arkansas. “I then omit the salt.…

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Add Flavor to Slow-Cooked Beef Stew

“To add flavor and richness to my beef stew when I make it in the slow cooker, I stir in a can of tomato soup right at the start of cooking,” reveals Carol F. of Landers, California.

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Add Flavor to Stew and Gravy

To give gravy and stew great color and flavor, add a few teaspoons of soy sauce. —Denise J., Hines Creek, Alberta

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Add Frozen Zucchini to Soup

“Every summer, I grate zucchini and freeze it for use in quick breads later,” notes Helen S. of Flint, Michigan. “Whenever I make vegetable soup, I always stir in a package of that zucchini. It…

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Add in a Little Molasses

“I add 1 or 2 tablespoons of molasses to my pumpkin pie filling,” informs Julie S. of Corpus Christi, Texas. “It gives the pie a richer color and flavor.”

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Add in Some Kiwifruit

“When I make banana bread, I replace some of the banana with peeled ripe kiwi for a sweeter fruity loaf,” reveals Dawnda M. of Durant, Oklahoma.

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Add Lemon Juice to Chicken Soup

From her kitchen in Clearwater, Florida, Dorothy C. writes, “I give a batch of chicken soup a tasty spark by incorporating the juice from half of a fresh lemon.”

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Add Pickling Spices to Soups

In her Didsbury, Alberta kitchen, Sherry T. fills a tea ball with pickling spice and hangs it in kettles of soup and stew. “The deliciously different flavor keeps people wondering,” she says.

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