Learning how to make your own vegetable stock is so easy and is much healthier than most store-bought, pre-made stocks. Use this homemade veggie stock as a base for soups, curries, casseroles or anything that you would normally use vegetable stock for. Here's how...
- Chopping Board
- Sharp knife
- large casserole pot
- Heat Proof Jug suitable for pouring
- Glass Jars with Lids
- 1 Leek green tops
- 1 carrot
- 1 brown onion
- 1 celery heart
- 5 cloves
- 5 peppercorns
- 1 bay leaf fresh or dried
- 1 bunch oregano or thyme
- Add the leek, carrot, brown onion, celery heart, cloves, peppercorns, bay leaf and oregano to a large casserole pan.
- Fill the pot with water to cover the vegetables, leaving around 5 centimetres space at the top of the pan.
- Place the lid onto the saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and then reduce to a simmer for 3 hours.
- After 3 hours turn off the heat. Remove the leek, carrot and onion and discard. Place a seive over the top of another large casserole pan or mixing bowl. Carefully pour the stock through the seive to strain.
- Remove the seive and use a heat proof measuring jug to divide stock between clean glass jars. If freezing the stock, make sure to leave around 2-3 centimetres (depending on the size of the jar) of space at the top of the jar. This is to prevent the glass breaking as the stock expands when freezing. Place the lid ontop of each jar.
- Write "vegetable stock" and the date onto labels and stick onto each jar before freezing or refrigerating.
Ingredients for Homemade Veggie Stock
Though vegetable stock is quite flexible in terms of what ingredients you use, there are three ingredients that I use in every single broth that I make. These are:
- brown onion
- celery heart (the centre stems of the celery, which are the most flavoursome)
These three vegetables are known as aromatics and are essential for getting a depth of flavour needed in stock.
Other ingredients that I have used in this vegetables stock recipe are:
- whole cloves
- leek (top green part of the leek)
- bay leaf
The beauty of making your own stock is that it is quite flexible with what you put into it. Other ingredients that you can use include:
- other herbs such as thyme, parsley or marjoram.
- garlic (just throw in about 4-5 whole cloves, skin on)
- sea salt
- broccoli stalks
How to Make Vegetable Stock
While making your own stock does require quite a bit of time (around 3 - 3.5 hours), the majority of this time is passive. This means that your attention is only needed for a small amount of time - you can pop your stock on the stove top with the lid on and carry on with whatever you would like to be doing.
Here's how to make vegetable stock.
- Place all of your vegetables, herbs and spices into a large casserole pan (the bigger the better).
- Top with water so that the water covers the vegetables. You just need to leave around 5 centimetres of space at the top of the pan so that it doesn't bubble over.
- Bring the pot to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Leave to simmer on the lowest heat with the lid on for around 3 hours.
- After 3 hours, turn off the heat. Remove the larger vegetables like the carrots, onion and celery and discard.
- Place a sieve over the top of another large pan or bowl and carefully strain the stock through the sieve. Discard the remnants in the sieve.
- Divide the stock between clean glass jars. Place the lid on each jar and label each jar with "vegetable stock" and the date.
- Store the jars in either the fridge (for 2-3 days) or the freezer (for 2-3 months).
When discarding the vegetables, I like to either dig them into the garden or compost them so that they don't contribute to excess food waste.
How to Use Vegetable Broth/Stock
I love using this vegetable stock to make soup, stews, curries, casseroles, basically anywhere that you would normally use stock is where you can use this vegetable stock! If you're looking for some yummy soup recipes to use this stock in, try these:
- Garlic Creamy Cauliflower Soup
- Thai Red Curry Tofu Noodle Soup
- Comforting White Bean Soup
- Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup
- Caramelised Leek & Roast Pumpkin Soup
Storing stock in sealed glass jars is preferable as it eliminates the possibility of BPA's and other chemicals found in plastics leeching into your stock. If you only have plastic containers to store your stock in, be sure to allow the stock to cool completely before pouring into plastic containers.
When pouring stock into glass jars, make sure you leave space at the top of the jar that allows for expansion of the stock when freezing. You will need to leave at least 2-3 cm depending on the size of the jar. Never fill it all of the way to the top as you will end up with shattered glass and icy stock to clean up!
You can store your stock in the fridge for around 3 days. However, I do like to use it on the same day as I've made it or freeze it straight away to preserve as many nutrients as possible.
Equipment You Will Need
It is likely that you will have everything you need to make this vegetable stock recipe already. Here is a list of all of the equipment required to make vegetable stock/broth:
- large casserole pan with lid (the bigger the better)
- a second large casserole pan, saucepan or large mixing bowl
- a sieve
- about 4 x 1 litre glass jars or a range of sizes (I like to freeze a few 1 litre jars and around 4 smaller jars for those times when you only need a small amount of stock).
- Heatproof jug suitable for pouring
- Pen + Labels
- Chopping board + Sharp Knife
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