DIY Vegetable Stock
Making vegetable stock is easy! Simply combine non-starchy vegetables with herbs and water in a large pot and cook for about an hour. Strain and use as a base for vegetarian soups and sauces.
- 4 to 5 fresh parsley stems
- 5 black peppercorns
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1 fresh thyme sprig
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 2 cups cremini mushrooms, washed and trimmed
- 1 large yellow or white onion, peeled and quartered
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 fennel bulb and fronds (stalks and root end trimmed, bulb quartered, fronds roughly chopped)
- 3 medium stalks celery, washed and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 medium green bell pepper, stems and seeds removed
- 1 medium red bell pepper, stems and seeds removed
- 2 quarts, plus 2 cups cold water
- Kitchen twine
- Strainer or colander
- To make a "sachet d’épices": Cut a large square of cheesecloth and place parsley stems, black peppercorns, bay leaf, thyme sprig and garlic in the center. Bring corners together and tie securely with twine to make a pouch. The sachet is easy to remove if flavor becomes overpowering.*
- To make stock: Place mushrooms, onion, carrots, fennel, celery, peppers and sachet in an 8-quart stockpot. Add water and bring to a boil. Immediately lower heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour. Skim surface if desired.
- Strain stock using a mesh sieve or colander covered with a large piece of cheesecloth. Discard vegetables and sachet. Use stock immediately or chill over an ice bath to expedite cooling, then cover and refrigerate or freeze. Serves 5.
- Because cooking time for vegetable stock is shorter than that of chicken stock, making a sachet is not required. If preferred, place spices directly in pot with vegetables and remove when straining cooked stock.
SERVING SIZE: 1 cup
CALORIES 20; TOTAL FAT 0g; SAT. FAT 0g; CHOL. 0mg; SODIUM 140mg; CARB. 4g; FIBER 1g; SUGARS 3g; PROTEIN 1g; POTASSIUM N/A; PHOSPHORUS N/A
Note: Not able to accurately analyze the percentage of absorbed nutrients in this recipe. Instead, we used a standard low-sodium vegetable stock analysis from Imagine Natural Creations, Hain Celestial Group.