Roasted Vegetable Stock

(From How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman)

I have been meaning to post this recipe since the day I started this thing. I reference “homemade Vegetable Stock” in lots of recipes and it was just brought to my attention by my dear friend Victoria that the recipe for homemade vegetable stock is not on the blog.

A shocking oversight. I love this stuff.

I use it for soups, stews, beans, sauces, roasts, curries, whenever I can. Whenever a recipe calls for stock – this is my go to. I keep it in the freezer at all times, stored in 2 cup portions in freezer baggies. It’s pretty concentrated so I often use part stock and part water. I am never out. When my stock of stock (haha!) gets low I make more. The reason for my obsession with homemade stock is that you will notice an appreciable difference between the same item cooked with homemade stock vs. store-bought stock. That is true. I have tested it.

I think that once you get the hang of it you’ll never go back. It’s true of chicken stock too which I also always have on hand. It’s easy enough to sock away a couple cups of stock (that one was cute too right? ‘sock away stock’) every time you make chicken soup for a sick person. Remember that this is an imprecise, flexible and forgiving recipe. You can change it however you want and you’ll develop your own variation over time.

By the way – Mark Bittman is one of my heros. AND I sometimes double this recipe – I mean why not if you’re going to all the trouble of roasting and cooking, etc. You need a HUGE pot to accommodate all of the veggies and water. Here it is:

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  1. Thanks, Ames.
    I can’t wait to make this
    I got a little confused about the “pan.” I finally figured out that you meant the roasting pan. It might be clearer if you said roasting pan instead of pan–but maybe I’m just dense.
    Also, I think you meant turn to high “heat” not high “head.”
    Love you!

    Comment by Victoria on March 25, 2014 at 10:45 am

  2. Oh man! Vic – thanks for the edits. I totally appreciate it. I’ve fixed them. They were right-on!

    Comment by Batch-33 on March 25, 2014 at 6:25 pm

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