Homemade Vegetable Stock

Homemade broth is simple to make, keeps well in the fridge for a week, and can be frozen for up to 3 months. This light and flavorful vegetable stock is a perfect base for soup – and even tastes great as is. The recipe comes courtesy of The International Cookbook for Kids by Matthew Locricchio. And remember, there’s no need to peel the veggies before cooking – just scrub them well. The peel will add additional flavor to the broth.

Yields about 8 cups.

SODIUM CONTENT: 55 mg per cup


6 carrots, cut into chunks
3 stalks celery, cut into chunks
1 medium onion, quartered
3 green onions, sliced
6 leaves of your favorite lettuce, torn
1/2 lb. mushrooms, wiped well and sliced
3 slices fresh ginger (1/2 inch thick, about size of quarter)
10 c. water


Place all of the ingredients into a stockpot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 1 1/2 hours. Remove any foam that rises to the top of the liquid as it cooks, and discard. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and discard the vegetables. Set stock aside to cool uncovered for 20 minutes. Use immediately, cover and refrigerate, or pour into freezer-safe containers and freeze immediately.

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