Friday, November 6, 2015

Ingredient: Vegetable Stock

Just as a rich chicken or veal stock forms the basis of many dishes in kitchens that use meats, a versatile vegetable stock does the same in the vegetarian kitchen. This recipe, which comprises about 40% vegetables initially, yields plenty of savory vegan stock for soups, broths, stews, gravies, and pan sauces. Developed Fall, 2015 from earlier experience with sauces and stocks.
6 qt (6 l) water
1 lb carrots, scrubbed and cut into large chunks
1 lb onions, skins on, trimmed and quartered
1/2 lb celery with leaves, coarsely chopped
1/4 lb mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, and chopped
1/4 lb green cabbage, coarsely chopped
2 oz parsley sprigs
3 garlic cloves, crushed
10 black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
In a large pot set over high heat, add the water, vegetables, and seasonings. Cover and bring to a gentle boil. Uncover and adjust the heat to produce a fast simmer. Cook for about 45 minutes until all is very tender and cooked through. Cover and let cool. Pour through a fine strainer into a pot, but do not press on the residue. Discard the solids. Refrigerate stock up to a week or freeze in convenient portions in plastic zip-lock bags.