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.
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.