Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gluten Free Homemade Vegetable Broth Recipe and a WINNER!

It was one of those "Oh... I didn't even think about that" vegan moments. A recipe called for chicken broth. What do you use in place of chicken broth? Water didn't sound that appealing and tomato juice was too tomato-ey...

So... after another "duh" moment, I decided to make vegetable broth. Why didn't I think of this before? This is SO easy and so delicious and works so well in recipes... who needs chicken broth!

What I love about making broth is that you can create the flavor that you want. If you like more onions, add more onions, if you like more carrots, add more carrots! If you want tomatoes, add tomatoes! It's completely up to you and you can change it every time. Another great thing about homemade vegetable broth is that it is an excellent way to use vegetables that aren't quite as fresh as they used to be. Are they starting to shrivel? Look a little tired? It's okay, they won't mind at all. Just throw them in the pot!

So today's recipe is simply a suggestion. Try this out. Make your own vegetable broth. Feel domestic... and enjoy the fact that you created this wonderfully healthy broth to use in your home cooking.

Some uses for homemade vegetable broth:
  • Use it as your "liquid" in making mashed potatoes and/or homemade stuffing, it adds a truly delicious flavor!
  • Make your own homemade soups and stews with the vegetable broth as the base liquid.
  • Use the broth to cook rice & pasta, and to boil potatoes in... you will LOVE the flavor it adds!
  • Vegetable broth is fat free and can be a great tool to use in low fat cooking such as sauteing and steaming.
  • If you have someone who is sick: give them plain warmed vegetable broth. It is very healthy and can soothe sore throats and is gentle on upset stomachs.
  • Bring leftover casseroles back to life by adding a few tablespoons of homemade vegetable broth over the entire dish and heating it in the oven. It will rehydrate the dish and make it taste like it was just made!
  • It will make the best base for a vegetable and dumpling soup that you have ever tasted!

Basic Homemade Vegetable Broth
Written by: Carrie @ http://www.gingerlemongirl.com
The ingredients for this very basic broth will make about 10 cups of broth.
You can use more or less ingredients + water to create the amount that you will use.

2 whole carrots, roughly chopped
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly sliced
2-4 whole peeled cloves of garlic
1/2 of a large green pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
10 mushrooms (any type will work!), rinsed
4-5 small red potatoes, quartered
*** Any vegetables will really work for this broth, use what you have on hand!***

Optional seasonings:
1-2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
Salt-free seasonings such as Mrs. Dash
Salt & Pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon summer savory
1 teaspoon rosemary
1-2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns
Fresh parsley

  1. Coarsely chop all vegetables and add to a large stock pot. Also add any optional seasonings that you desire.
  2. Add 10-12 cups of water to the stock pot.
  3. Bring stock to a rolling boil and then turn heat down to just simmering.
  4. Simmer over low heat for 2-4 hours.
  5. Taste the stock as it cooks to adjust seasonings until you get the flavor that you desire.
  6. Once stock has cooked, let it cool for several hours on the stove top.
  7. When cool, strain stock through a very fine sieve to remove all vegetables. You will be left with a very fine tan - brown stock that is absolutely delicious.
  8. Some people choose to puree the vegetables that were used in the stock and add then add them back to broth for a creamier texture. You can do this if you choose too. If you want a clear stock, simply use the discarded vegetables for another dish, or add them to your compost.
  9. Store cooled broth in glass jars or airtight containers in the refrigerator or the freezer. Will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator and for 6 months in the freezer.
(Printer-friendly recipe.)


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