A healthy homemade vegetable broth is one of the most important items I like to have on hand in the kitchen. And I prefer to make my own because it's super easy, cost effective, and honestly the taste is far superior than store-bought varieties. Here I'm sharing the easiest method for making veggie broth right in your own kitchen. I promise you won't ever want to waste money buying broth again!
Things You'll Need
24 cups of water
- 3 carrots
- 3 celery stalks
- 1 onion
1 head of garlic
- 2 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 6 stems of thyme leaves
- 1 lemon
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup mushroom stems
Save all of your vegetable scraps from the week in a freezer bag and throw them into your stock for less waste and tons of flavor! Also feel free to swap or add any vegetables that you might have on hand.
Step 1: Combine Ingredients in a Large Pot
Add all of the vegetables, spices, and herbs into the water and bring to a boil.
Step 2: Simmer
Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the broth cook, covered, for 2 to 4 hours.
Step 3: Strain
After the broth has been simmering for a few hours, strain the broth to remove all of the vegetables and spices.
Step 4: Store in Airtight Containers
Let the broth cool and store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to a few months.
I always know I have a good broth on my hand when the color is golden and deep and this recipe for homemade vegetable broth is the perfect balance of flavors and color!
One of the best perks about homemade broth is it makes a ton so you can freeze it and/or store it in the refrigerator to have on hands at all times. I use broth for making soups, pastas, and so much more and find that a good broth can make or break a good recipe! Broths are nutrient packed and can be flavored just about anyway that you want them to be.