Concentrated Vegetable Stock Paste – Healthier than Stock Cubes
I like soups very much. They are – in general – healthy, low calorie and comforting. And everybody will find at least a few favourite ones as there are so many types of soups. However, despite this huge variety, all of them have at least one common denominator – stock.
When you have time, you can prepare good quality stock earlier and then use it for your soups. But what if you don’t have time? You can use stock cubes although this is certainly not the healthiest option. There are plenty of hydrogenated fats in them, which are dangerous for our health. But luckily, if you get the ingredients (see below) and you have about an hour free, you can make your own ‘stock cubes’ or rather Concentrated Vegetable Stock Paste that kept in a tight jar in a fridge, will last you a few months.
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I have to confess that in the past when I was in a rush, I would have used stock cubes myself. I liked them for their immediacy and their taste. So when I started making and using this Vegetable Stock Paste, the taste was my major issue: it was not bad, it was… unfamiliar! There are various flavour enhancers included in industrially made stock cubes and obviously, I neither could nor would like to use them. Therefore I decided to substitute them with a more natural one – soya sauce – that ads this desirable ‘pleasant savoury taste’ – umami. So I think the below combination and proportions of ingredients work very well and you will end up having a high quality, healthy and instant homemade concentrated stock paste.
Concentrated Vegetable Stock Paste
A recipe for a healthy, homemade stock paste that can be kept in the fridge for 3 -4 months.
Cut all the vegetables into pieces and put them in a kitchen processor; add the herbs and process till everything is almost liquidised.
Transfer to a heavy-bottomed pot, add the salt, wine, olive oil and soya sauce, stir and bring to boil on a medium heat.
Decrease the temperature to low, cover the pot with a lid and cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Take off the lid and cook for 10 minutes more, remembering to stir now and then.
Increase the temperature to high and cook often stirring for 10 minutes (towards the end of the cooking time you may have to stir the mixture continuously to prevent it from burning). You want all the liquid to evaporate and to end up with a dry pulp.
Add the grated Parmesan cheese, stir and transfer everything to the processor; liquidise till everything is very well combined.
Put the prepared pulp to a sterilised jars and keep in a fridge for up to 3-4 months.
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Hi, I am Agnieszka, and I am passionate about delicious but healthy food. Many healthy dishes are bland and uninteresting. I reject this. So I created my blog Tastes of Health to share my yummy recipes for healthier (often plant-based and gluten-free) versions of family favourites.
I look forward to receiving your feedback after you try them.