Ok, this is really strange. But the first time I ever made beef stew all those years ago, I cut up the beef and threw it in a hot pan and let it brown. I then added a little water a can of tomatos and some tomato juice. Then the carrots, onions and celery. But I also used French's Beef Stew Mix. We loved the flavor of this.. Since the kids have been gone I would just make a little beef soup and put in homemade noodles for the 2 of us.
A few years ago after the kids were gone I made up some stew and found that French's had been replaces by McCormacks so I got a package of that and it was nasty the stew tasted like old wood chips or something. Since then when ever I came across French's I would buy about 5 pkg.....guess what? I am out.
Does anyone know what was in that stuff that gave it the richness and the flavor?
Now days I use beef stock instead of water. And I put in garlic that I never did years ago. But with the right seasoning it was sooo good. What I have on the stove now tastes weak. I added some thyme, papricka and a little garlic powder. It is closer to the taste but still flat....
I do not like Cumin that reminds me of that other seasoning and no one here likes that.
What did French's have in it ?
Thanks for any ideas...