How to make Vegan Broth
You know that bone broth has amazing health benefits, but you’re wondering if there’s a vegan version of bone broth as you want to avoid gelatin. There are many amazing plant-based broths that are available and the good news is that you can make a vegan equivalent of bone broth very easily.
Start Your Vegan Bone Broth With What You’ve Got
All great broths are created with vegetable scraps and leftovers. Start freezing leftover vegetables and scraps until you have two or three measuring jugs worth. Vegetable scraps, like mushroom stems, contain antioxidants. Leftover parsley stalks are bone supporting as they’re rich in vitamin K. You may have a lot of potato skins, carrot peelings and ends and these are rich in potassium. You’ll also find potato skins help thicken your vegan broth.
Cooking Your Vegan Bone Broth
When you have enough vegetables add them to your slow cooker and cover with water. You can now add seasoning like ground pepper (fresh peppers give your vegetarian bone broth a hint of spicy warmth), sea salt (ground or crystals) and then cook on high until the liquid is bubbling away.
When your vegan bone broth is bubbling, turn it down low and cook until all the vegetables are soft. Remember, cooking disintegrates a lot of vegetables, so the nutrients are in the liquid. When your broth is ready, pour it through a sieve into a serving dish or the storage jug.
Storing Your Vegan Bone Broth
Once cool, freeze portions for future use, or store it in the refrigerator for the next three days. Remember that the life of fresh foods is shorter, and if you make a large batch of broth you can easily sieve it and freeze it. Fresh vegetables last about 18 months frozen in the freezer. Vegan bone broth lasts about 6 months. After that, the quality declines.
Getting the Most From Your Vegan Bone Broth
You can easily pour yourself a cup of vegan bone broth and reheat it in minutes. It can be served as a meal with a slice of bread. The perfect bread is something seed-based or an artisan made. Spelt flour made bread and sourdough add a different texture to the broth.
You can also add vegetarian dumplings
Although these are vegetarian dumplings, you can also make them vegan by using plant-based substitutes. For vegetarian dumplings, you will need 100g self-raising flour, 50g unsalted butter. 50g mature cheddar cheese, grated, 2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary and a pinch of fresh thyme leaves.
Rub the flour and butter together to make crumbs, and then add the remaining ingredients. Add 2 teaspoons of water and making a dough. When you have your dough, to divide it up and roll it into balls and then pop them into the broth as you reheat it. Cook until dumplings are ready (usually about 20 minutes on a gas cooker).
Enjoy your bone broth equivalent and all the health benefits it brings.
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