Is homemade soup really homemade if you use store-bought broth as a base? Kinda, but not totally. But DIY broth is super easy to make and all it takes is a couple everyday ingredients like herbs, spices, veggies and meat that you probably already have at home.
Here are some simple ideas for getting your own broths going. Try using these in casseroles, to replace water when cooking rice, to simmer vegetables or just in your favorite soup recipe. The possibilities are endless.
Start with a large stock pot or soup pot for making your broths.
Use the best quality ingredients you can find. Place your meat, poultry, seafood, etc. in the pot along with all of your vegetables. I like to give my veggies a rough chop and keep them on the chunky side. For my favorite broth, I tend to use one medium to large onion, several stalks of celery and three or four carrots.
If you're a garlic lover like me, toss in four or five fresh cloves of garlic. Gently smash them to break them open and ensure that yummy flavor is infused into your broth. Add all of your fresh herbs and seasonings to the pot and cover all of the ingredients with water. Give it a quick stir then cover the pot and simmer on medium-low heat for about an hour.
Once it's cooked, use a fine metal strainer to remove any leftover bits of bone, meat or veggies.
That's how simple it is to make your very own broth!
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Originally published March 2015. Updated February 2017.
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