Is it stock or broth?
Lately, I’ve been using the words interchangeably. When I make vegetable stock or broth, nothing goes to waste. I don’t strain and discard the boiled vegetables. Instead, I process them with a handheld blender straight in the pot and with the boiled water and I’m never sure if I end up with a broth or a stock!
I read that if the end preparation is mostly liquid, then it’s a broth. However, if there is more than just liquid, like a soup or a sauce, then it’s a stock and for that reason, I will call this recipe: “Homemade vegetable stock”.
And, should you want to turn it into broth or bouillon, all that you do is add water. For example, 4 cups of stock diluted into 4 cups of water.
I love cooking healthy meals, but because I work during the week, I need to be organised in the kitchen. From time to time, I make a large batch of vegetable stock and freeze it in separate containers for future use.
Because I cook mainly vegetarian or vegan, this can be time-consuming. Having homemade vegetable stock on hand not only enhances the quality of my meals but also reduces my time in the kitchen. I add it to soups, potages, stews, lentil and other plant-based dishes.
It’s easy to make. The main equipment you need is a handheld blender and a big pot. This homemade veggie stock (or broth) will raise the quality of your meals.
Homemade vegetable stock (that can be turned into broth or bouillon)
When I make the stock, I use basic root vegetables,such as carrots, leeks, celery (or celeriac) and onion and keep it all very simple. Use less vegetables if you want a clearer stock and more for a thicker. I like to use more vegetables and later I can make a clear stock by adding extra water. For a clear broth-based soup, I’ll mix a one to one ration of stock and water.
To make vegetable stock, you can use (more or less):
- 2-3 carrots
- 1-2 leeks with green stem
- 2-3 celery sticks with leaves (can also use celeriac)
- 1-2 cooking onion
- Add-in options: 1-2 white or pink turnips (long or round). Sometimes I substitute turnip with a handful of finely chopped white cabbage! So good!
Peel, rinse and chop vegetables in chunks. Transfer veggies to a very large pot of water, anywhere between 3-4 litres, depending on how thick you want it to be. Don’t add any salt or pepper or other spices or herbs because these will be added to the recipe you will be making with the stock.
Bring to the boil and simmer with cover on until the veggies are tender soft. After, in the same pot, blend everything (both water and vegetables) with a handheld blender until there are no veggie chunks left. You can use the stock immediately for a recipe or refrigerate it or divide it into separate containers (about 4 cups per container) and freeze for future use.
Turning your stock into broth or bouillon
Here it’s just a matter of diluting the stock with, more or less, an equal amount of water.
For example, if you’re making a recipe that requires a clear broth or bouillon, for instance, an Asian soup, then use the stock that you’ve set aside (about 4 cups) and add some water to it, for example 4 cups of water added to 4 cups of vegetable stock.
Next week I will post a delicious bok choy soup. It’s one of my husband’s favourite soup.