This recipe goes together quickly and rewards you with mild, fresh-tasting vegetable broth for months to come. It is a happy way to utilize slightly blemished or misshapen vegetables from the garden. It is not a way to use sad, withered, or moldy vegetables. No, those have given up much of their life and flavor already. Instead, you will want to use very fresh, preferably organic vegetables that are full of enzymes. You can vary the vegetables from what I’ve prescribed here: green beans, zucchini, and bulb fennel make a nice broth, or use your favorite blend of herbs. A jar of Veggie Bouillon in the refrigerator means you are always ready to make soup.
2 oz. each:
~celeriac or celery
several stems of parsley
2 oz. sea salt
Scrub the vegetables well, weigh them, and have everything ready. Put lid on Vita Mix (or food processor) and remove the small cap that covers the feed opening. Turn the machine on its lowest setting and begin adding the vegetables in order listed: carrot, then celeriac, then leek, tomato, and parsley. As the mixture grows thick and climbs the sides of the container use the machine’s tamper to push the vegetables back into the vortex. Add salt last and process until a smooth paste forms. Mixture may be dry and chunky or moist and smooth depending on the water content of the vegetables you used and how long you process it.
Transfer Veggie Bouillon to a small jar with a lid. Label with name of product and today’s date. Hold at room temperature in a cool spot (65 – 75 degrees F) out of sunlight for 3-4 days to initiate fermentation. Then store in the refrigerator up to 1 year and use as needed to make Vegetable Broth for soups and other recipes.
|Mild-tasting Vegetable Broth is a good beginning for light soups. I used a mesh tea ball to make a very clear broth.|
To make Vegetable Broth from Veggie Bouillon:
Measure 1 teaspoon Veggie Bouillon and 1 cup of cold water into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, covered. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
Note: Vegetable Broth will contain small specks of vegetables. If you desire a very clear broth place the Veggie Bouillon in a mesh tea ball when preparing broth.