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Basic Vegetable Stock Recipe

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Vegetable stock

Vegetable stock

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Making vegetable stock is quick compared with beef or chicken stock, but it's no less flavorful. Vegetable stock only needs to simmer for 30 to 45 minutes to extract the maximum flavor. In fact, quality can start to diminish if the vegetables are simmered for too long.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium leek (white and green parts), rinsed and chopped
  • 1 medium rib celery, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • ½ medium turnip, chopped
  • ½ small tomato, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 3-4 fresh parsley stems
  • 3-4 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 whole clove

Preparation:

  1. In a heavy-bottomed stock pot or soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat.

  2. Lower the heat, add the onion, leek, carrot, celery, turnip, tomato and garlic, and gently sauté, with the lid on, for about 5 minutes or until the onions are softened and slightly translucent. Don't brown the vegetables, though.

  3. Add the water along with the bay leaf, thyme, peppercorns, parsley and clove, bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Simmer for 30-45 minutes. Skim off any scum that rises to the surface, but don't stir or otherwise agitate the stock. Just let it simmer away.

  4. Remove from heat, pour through a strainer into another large pot or container. Cool, then refrigerate.
Makes 1 gallon of vegetable stock.

Note: There's no seasoning added to this vegetable stock, mainly because you're probably using the stock as an ingredient in another recipe, whether it's a soup, a sauce or something else. And you don't want to start with a salty stock or you won't be able to control how salty the final dish is.
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