Basic Vegetable Stock

The usual veggie stock that you find in the grocery store can be filled with unwanted ingredients and chemicals. Watch out for blanket ingredients such as “natural flavor”, “spices” and “yeast extract” which are clever titles that food companies are able to hide MSG (monosodium glutamate) under. MSG is a potentially harmful neurotoxin that is added to many prepackaged and processed foods to trick our minds into thinking that it tastes good! How rude! It has been linked to weight gain, liver inflammation and even brain damage. Check out this article by Foodmatters.tv for more startling information about this common chemical. When you do buy your broth, make sure it only contains water, organic veggies, and spices that are actually listed.

I used to have so much trouble finding a good veggie stock so I started making big batches of my own and storing it in the freezer! It’s so easy, more cost effective, and you know exactly what is in there. Oh and it tastes even better than the store bough stuff! Remember to always use organic veggies whenever you can (especially celery since it is on the dirty dozen list) – otherwise you’ll end up with nasty pesticides in your broth!

Veggie Stock

Ingredients

  • Filtered water
  • ~3-5 carrots, roughly chopped
  • ~3-5 celery stocks, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt (please don’t be afraid of sea salt – it’s actually good for you! Learn more)
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, miced
  • A thumb sized chunk of ginger, peeled and grated (Here’s a tip to help peel that ginger quickly)
  • 1 tsp paprika (optional)
  • 1 tsp turmeric (optional)
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes or cayenne pepper (optional if you like it hot)

Directions

Fill your biggest pot with filtered water and bring to a boil. Add all ingredients, reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 2-5 hours, stirring occasionally. Have a taste and add whatever it needs – more sea salt might be in order.

After a few hours strain out the veggie chunks. A few small onion pieces left behind are just fine! Use right away or store in the freezer for months!

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