Basic stock

First off, this isn’t necessary a recipe, but more of a guideline. There are so many ways to make a stock, but I have given the most basic outline that always gives me a delicious, flavorful result. My method would probably not be acceptable for a stock snob, but it does what it needs to do.

Stock ingredients

What ingredients are put into a stock depends on what is available and the flavor trying to be achieved. Below, I’ve given which ingredients I use, and what they contribute to the overall flavor.

Animal bones

There are many popular bone choices that can produce a delicious stock. The ones I use the most are cow, turkey, chicken, and fish. I have used goat bones, but it does create a very ‘goat-y’ flavor. It’s not always great, so I rarely make it.

Vegetables

Making a stock includes the typical vegetables used for flavoring. These include onions, garlic, ginger, and celery. Fresh herbs can also be added, but in very small amounts. Leftover scraps can be frozen and used in bulk, or fresh vegetables can be used.

Seasonings

Popular spices used include ground pepper or whole peppercorns, cumin, herbs, bay leaves, and salt. Cayenne can be added, but just the smallest part. If you want a spicy kick, its best to add the spiciness when it is being used, as this will make it much more versatile.

Proportions

The proportions for making a stock are very flexible. However, I’ve given some approximations below that may be helpful in deciding the ratio of ingredients:

  • A decent handful of bones
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1-2 medium carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2″ ginger
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ~1/4 tsp. each of seasonings, or to taste
  • 6 cups water

Further reading

For more information about making broth, check out these other resources:

How to make bone broth — Nourished Kitchen
What Are the Differences Between Stock and Broth? — Healthline
Stock Vs Broth — Just a Pinch Recipes

Basic stock

Basic stock

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This is a guideline to produce a delicious, flavorful stock that has numerous applications.

Ingredients

  • Leftover bones
  • Water

Vegetables

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Ginger

Seasonings

  • Salt, to taste
  • Bay leaves
  • Cayenne pepper (very little)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high (7) heat, then lower to a simmer on medium-low (2-3).
  2. Simmer for 1 hour. Strain liquid into jar or storage container. Discard solids.

Notes

Stock can be made with leftover fragments of vegetables, or fresh ones can be used.

Various animal bones can be used to make stock. However, it is probably best to stick with one type of animal at a time to make a cohesive flavor.

Stock can be stored in the fridge for a couple days, then frozen.

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