|For the soup base|
|8 ½ oz|
|1 tbsp||(0.49 oz)|
|Seasoning and storing|
|1 bunch||(1.1 oz)|
|2 cloves||(0.21 oz)|
|2 leaves||(0.01 oz)|
|8 corns||(0.01 oz)|
|1 dash||(0.01 oz)|
|3 liter||(105 oz)|
For the soup base
Peel the onion and celery root. Clean the leeks, cut in half lengthwise, and then rinse. Clean the celery stalks (including the green tops) and the carrots. Chop coarsely.
Heat the canola oil in a large saucepan. Sauté all of the ingredients on medium heat for about 5 minutes. The ingredients should take on a little color but not cook for too long.
Seasoning and storing
Wash the parsley and then add to the saucepan along with the unpeeled garlic cloves, the bay leaves, and the salt and pepper. Pour the water on top and then bring everything to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low and let the broth simmer for 1½ hours.
Pour the vegetable broth through a sieve into a second saucepan, carefully pressing the water out of the vegetables. Let the broth cool.
Depending on the temperature used to prepare the broth, the recipe to serve 8 will yield between 2 and 2.5 liters. Covered, the vegan broth can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. And in a sealed freezing bag, it can be frozen and stored even longer.
Vegan broth has a wide variety of uses. This recipe is easy to make and can be varied to suit your taste.
Definition of broth: In cooking, there are several differences between broth and stock. Broth can be used as an ingredient or served as a dish on its own whereas stock has been boiled down, concentrated, and isn’t salted and is therefore only used as an ingredient for other recipes.
Estimated yield and boiling down: Although it first seems that large amounts of fluid and ingredients are used for this recipe, a recipe to serve 8 people will in the end make about 2 to 2.5 liters. This amount depends, however, on the temperature the burner is set to, the time the soup is boiled down, and the size of the pot. If you only plan to use part of the stock immediately, it is an estimated yield that you can use to plan the number of containers you will need for canning.
Tips for storing: Sterilize the canning jars briefly in boiling water and then let dry upside down on a clean towel. Pour the hot vegetable broth into the dry jars, close tightly, and let stand upside down for 5 minutes. It is important that the jars are sterile, so make sure to avoid any contact with the inside of the jars or lid.
Less work with organic vegetables: If you use only organic vegetables to make the broth, you don’t have to peel them first. And this adds extra flavor to the broth.
Using vegetable scraps: Vegetable scraps can also be used to make broth and give it a stronger flavor.
Varying the ingredients: You can vary the vegetables and use your favorites and those that you have on hand. And you might like to add additional herbs and spices (e.g., oregano, thyme, or summer savory from the garden) or allspice berries and juniper berries.
Instant broth: To make instant broth, you can purée fresh vegetables in the blender, seasoning with salt, and then let dry. For this step, you have a variety of options. Either you can dry the vegetables in a dehydrator or you can spread the mixture out (layer should be about 1 cm thick) on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and then dry in the oven (at 60 °C for several hours or at 80 °C for 1–2 hours with additional drying on the fresh air). Then blend the dried mixture again until you have a fine powder.