Recipe For Vegetable Stock

Nothing beats using a real stock. I buy ready made stocks to use in an emergency but I know that home made is better. This challenge saw the stock first boiling over and meant I had to clean the stove. And then, the tuffy bag did not seal properly and the stock leaked out, all over the floor behind the stove. Which meant a lot of moving and cleaning.

Vegetable Stock
Vegetable Stock
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Vegetable Stock

recipe adapted from Food & Home Entertaining July 2006


  • 15 mls butter
  • 20 mls olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 leeks finely chopped
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • large handful flat leaf parsley
  • small handful fresh thyme
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to season


  • heat the butter and the oil in a large pot
  • sauté the onion, leeks, carrots and celery
  • toss to coat the vegetables, place the lid on the pot and cook for 2 minutes
  • top up the pot with cold water to ensure a clear stock
  • bring to the boil and skim the surface of any scum
  • reduce the heat and add the balance of the ingredients - be very generous with the seasoning
  • simmer for at least 1 hour
  • pass the liquid through a sieve and gently press the solids to extract all the liquid
  • refrigerate or freeze when cooled

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27 thoughts on “Recipe For Vegetable Stock

  1. lmao @ the automatically generated ‘possibly related posts’!

    Home made stock is really well worth the effort.
    Friday greets: Hello David.

  2. hahaha i can see your frustration !! great idea though.. wonder if one can reduce this stock to what Nomu is doing as well.. hmmmm think i will try this out
    you too have a great weekend!!!!

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