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Homemade Vegetable Broth

Discover the essence of homemade goodness with this easy Homemade Vegetable Broth recipe. Crafted from fresh, vibrant vegetables and aromatic seasonings, this broth is a testament to simplicity and depth of flavour. Elevate your culinary creations and savour the warmth of homemade comfort in every spoonful.

Total Time
1 h 10 min
Difficulty
Easy
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Ingredients for 8 Cup Servings

  • 2 liters water
    500g mixed vegetables (carrots, celery, onions, leeks, mushrooms), chopped
    2 cloves garlic, smashed
    1 bay leaf
    1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
    1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
    Fresh parsley, a small bunch, tied with kitchen twine
    1 tablespoon olive oil

Total Time

  • Preparation Time
    15 min
  • Cooking Time
    45 min

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Method
    1. Prepare the Vegetables:
      • Wash and chop the mixed vegetables into medium-sized pieces. There’s no need to peel them; just ensure they are clean and fresh.
    2. Sauté the Vegetables:
      • In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped vegetables and smashed garlic cloves. Sauté for a few minutes until the vegetables begin to soften and release their aroma.
    3. Add Water and Seasonings:
      • Pour in the water, then add the bay leaf, whole black peppercorns, and salt. Stir gently to combine. Add the tied bunch of fresh parsley to the pot.
    4. Simmer the Broth:
      • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Let the broth simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. This allows the vegetables and seasonings to infuse the water, creating a flavorful broth.
    5. Strain the Broth:
      • After simmering, remove the pot from heat. Using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth placed over another pot or large bowl, strain the broth. Discard the solids (or save them for composting).
    6. Cool and Store:
      • Let the broth cool to room temperature, then transfer it to airtight containers. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days, or freeze for longer shelf life. Remember to leave some space in the containers for expansion if freezing.
    7. Usage:
      • Use this homemade vegetable broth as a base for soups, stews, sauces, and other recipes calling for vegetable broth. It adds a rich, homemade flavor to your dishes.
    Pro Tips
    • Vegetable Variety: Experiment with different vegetables like bell peppers, tomatoes, or even a small amount of root vegetables for diverse flavors.
    • Herbal Infusion: Customize your broth by adding herbs like thyme, rosemary, or a few parsley stems for added depth.
    • Storage Tricks: Freeze the broth in ice cube trays for easy portioning, allowing you to thaw just the right amount for your recipes.
    • Double Batch: Make a large batch and store it in the freezer, ensuring you always have homemade broth ready for your culinary adventures.

Notes

Calories per Serving:
Approximately 10 calories per 100ml serving (may vary based on specific ingredients used). Enjoy the goodness of homemade without worrying about excess calories.

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