Three years ago, when my daughter became a vegetarian, I switched to buying vegetable stock instead of chicken stock for soups, etc. However, I was not happy at all with the taste of the canned vegaetable stock you can buy at the store. I challenge you to taste it and tell me what vegetable it tastes like! None that I have ever tried.
I now make my own stock. It is ridiculously easy. I just keep a ziplock bag in my vegetable drawer, and when I have bits of carrots, celery or onion that I would normally compost or throw away, I put it in the ziplock. (Remember, only use vegetables that you would eat! Don’t save old or spoiled veggies to make your stock. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t use it). This is a great way to use those small, leafy celery greens or the ends of onions.
I’ve seen many recipes that saute the vegetables first in a little olive or vegetable oil. Personally, I do not.
- celery, onion, carrot
- a garlic clove
- palmful of whole peppercorns
- 1 Tbsp. salt
- bay leaf
There are two ways you can make the stock: in a large pot or a pressure cooker.
Large pot directions: in a large stock pot, fill 1/2 with water. Add vegetables, peppercorns and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes.
Using a pressure cooker: place vegetables in pot. Add water to fill the pot 3/4 full. Secure lid, bring up to pressure, and cook 20 minutes. Turn off heat, release pressure.
Strain and discard vegetables.