What makes a good stock?
What is the essence of an excellent stock? One that brings back memories of being fed a steaming bowl of homemade soup by your mother to warm up on a cold, dark night?
Many of us rely on pre-made stock which is convenient and perfectly acceptable, but if you want to take your soup to the next level, it’s time to make homemade stock.
These 4 ingredients will make a difference!
1. Vegetable scraps
If you’ve been throwing away scraps from tomatoes, onion peels, and the tops (or bottoms) of certain vegetables, stop. It not only reduces food wastage, but is the first component for a flavourful stock. Aromatic vegetables like onions, carrots and celery are great.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Despite how this tastes on its own, apple cider vinegar is a fantastic ingredient to add to your stocks. Some chefs even swear by it when cooking up bone broths!
3. Something spicy
Do not salt a stock! Spice up your stocks with chillies, coriander, cumin or maybe even some curry powder. This is also a great way of adding an exciting twist to a familiar recipe.
Herbs are fantastic additions to stocks because they can subtly alter the taste of a broth – enough to be noticed, but not overpoweringly so. This makes them the perfect complement for stocks that are already full-flavoured, and just need a hint of something extra to complete their taste or smell. Try turmeric, nettle root, parsley or thyme.