Homemade Vegetable broth

A dear friend of mine taught me this nifty recipe. I never ever thought of making my own vegetable broth, until I tried her risotto with her own homemade vegetable broth. I went bonkers for that stuff! So what I did was drive like a maniac to the store and gathered myself all sorts of soupy greens I could get my hands on and made my own vegetable broth. And surely you’re anticipating the what and how part by now. Well it goes a little like this…

Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • Salt (for every 700 gr of veggies you’ll need 100 gr of finely ground salt, so do the math)
  • 1 bunch lovage
  • 2 celery
  • 1 swedish turnip
  • 1 root parsley
  • 1 bunch parsley leaves
  • 1 leek
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • …or basically any herb you can’t live without

Utensils:

  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen knife
  • Large bowl
  • Peeler
  • Blender
  • Mason jars
  • Spoon

ToDo:

Prepare your veggies. Peel them if needed and wash them if necessary. Then cut them into cubes of about 2 cm. Once done, mix the veggies with the salt in a large bowl and then throw them into the blender. If your veggies don’t fit into your blender all at once, just blend bit by bit. Caution: it will be loud. Earmuffs maybe needed. Now, jokes aside… Depending on your liking you can blend from just a few seconds to a whole 5 minutes. If you are a soup addict like me and don’t enjoy little healthy chunks swimming around in your little bowl of heaven, I’d recommend you blend as much as you can until you get a kind of paste in the end. Last step is to use a spoon and fill your broth into mason jars and keep them airtight in the fridge. The salt will preserve your veggies, so no worries, be happy. 🙂

You can keep your homemade broth in the fridge for months. If you’re about to cook soup just add about 1/2 tbsp of your broth to about 200 ml of water. Let it boil for a few minutes so the healthiness can infiltrate your steaming pot of goodness. And if you’re just looking for some kind of doping substance for any meal you’re preparing, just add some of your homemade vegetable broth and voila! Lecker smacker!

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