Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Vegetable Broth

One of the main staples in Vegetarian/Vegan cooking is a good broth recipe. Making your own broth for soups, stir-fry's and many other meals is essential if you want to get the best flavor, less sodium, save you money and eliminate any icky preservatives in whatever you are cooking

I use this veggie broth fairly often, and it is really very easy to make. Chopping the ingredients doesn't take very much time, because the cuts don't have to be perfect or the same size. The longest part is just waiting for the broth to cook (about 1 hour). This recipe will yield 8 cups, which is two quart size containers worth. 

What if I don't use all of the broth? I usually freeze it in ice cube trays. Two cubes measures out to be about 1/4 cup of broth. Then I place the cubes in a ziploc freezer bag, and it will keep for 2-3 months. When you are making a recipe that calls for broth, either place the desired amount in a glass container and stick it in the fridge overnight to thaw, or place it in the microwave and defrost it the same day. Easy-Peasy as my kids would say! 

Happy Healthy Eating!! 


**This recipe is adapted from the About Website.

Broth Recipe
 Makes: 8 cups Prep: 10 minutes  Cooking Time: 1 hour
(Printable Recipe)

1-2 leeks, tough dark green ends discardedCLEANED and chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped
2 celery stems, roughly chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped or halved
1 potato, chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled
3 bay leaves
1 TB soy sauce
 salt and pepper to taste 

1. Throw all ingredients in a large, heavy pot. Add 8 cups of fresh water. Bring to a boil. 
2. Simmer over medium-low heat for 1 hour. 
3. Pour broth into a colander with a large bowl underneath. 
4. Let broth cool down.
5. Use in recipe right away, or pour into ice cube trays as mentioned above.

Who likes to change it up?

~Instead of leeks use onions or shallots.
~Add 1 TB peppercorns to water.
~Chop some parsley up, and add to broth mixture. 
~Add chopped tomatoes. 
~Add turnips and/or green bell pepper to mixture. 

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