Thursday, 18 May 2017

Is making your own stock worth it?

My favourite thing to do when I am so tired I cannot move is to watch cookery programmes. I don't have any intention of cooking anything they make, not do I mind what it is they are cooking. I just like the steady way of it, the noises of the cooking and the descriptions of the food. I find it really relaxing. One thing I have picked up on, in my blissful state of mindless t.v watching is chefs liking for making their own stock.

Can it really be any better than what I can get out of a sachet or spoon out of a tin?

The other day I faced this dilemma head on, I was just about make risotto for dinner when I found I had run out of bouillon powder. My stock of choice as it's vegetarian, low in salt and gluten free.
So I quickly flicked though my cookery books and found a couple of recipes for stock. I adapted slightly to suit what I had in the fridge and got to work.

To make my vegetable stock you will need:
Two leeks, washed and halved
5 spring onions, washed
1 red onion, washed
1 carrot, washed and halved
1 clove of garlic
1 bay leaf
1 spring of oregano
1 sprig of fresh sage
1 tbsp. black pepper corns
500ml water

After you have washed all the vegetables, place them in a large heavy based saucepan with the herbs, peppercorns and water.
Simmer for 40 minutes.
Strain through a fine mesh sieve, discard the vegetables.

Luckily I had the time to make the stock. I reluctantly threw the veg away at the end, it seemed such a shame when all I was keeping was the liquid. I did try and eat the carrot, but it was flavourless and mushy.

Was it worth it?
When I compare the flavour of the stocks I made they were both equally good, I cannot say that homemade was any better. Perhaps if you are making meat stocks, you would see more of a flavour difference. However the time difference and convenience of premade stock won hands down for me. I am a fan of made from scratch food but I don't think I would be repeating it any time soon. Unless of course I find myself out of stock again.

What do you think? Do you make your own stock? Have you got a good recipe that would win me over? Share it here.

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  1. I'm a completely lazy cook and so have never attempted to make my own stock, I agree that it seems a shame to throw the veg away! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  2. I've never actually made my own vegetable stock, but I do make meat stock pretty much every week xx

  3. I've never even considered veg stock! We've don meat stock as it's so easy but I think unless this was way better I probably couldnt be bothered lol. Great experiment! Thanks for sharing :) x




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