Do you make your own broth/stock or buy it?

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Registered: 10-31-2001
Do you make your own broth/stock or buy it?
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Thu, 11-03-2011 - 10:49am

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Avatar for gypsy51
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Registered: 12-31-1998
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 11:18am
I buy it. Don't use it often enough and am more likely to just drop a bouillon cube in a cup of water. I'm lazy.

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Registered: 10-17-2000
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 4:18pm
I usEd to stock up on chicken broth when it was on sale & I still like to have it on hand, but ever since I got my electric pressure cooker last year I only make soups with homemade stock!!! So easy & tasty, I save all our bones & the scraps from onions, carrots & celery. I just made 2 pots of chicken stock today for soup tonight (my pressure cooker needs to be bigger). While it was cooking, I smelled a familiar smell & realized some of the bones I was using were from some smoked chicken we did recently -- oh, the broth is amazing!! I can't wait until dinner!


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Registered: 01-31-2001
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 6:26pm
I do both. I do find it convenient to buy some and keep in the pantry, both in those cardboard boxes, and as powder or cubes. Lately I have been buying it in a tube. For a really good soup I like to make my own. I always make my own seafood stock, so easy with leftover prawn shells and really does make a difference.
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Registered: 01-31-2001
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 6:27pm
I think using the cubes is the most economical way to make stock. I keep vegetable stock cubes.
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Registered: 01-31-2001
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 6:30pm
I still have a vision of old fashioned pressure cookers being dangerous so don't have one. A good stock is great in a soup, really does make a difference. Here is a soup recipe that I only make when I have my own stock. Love it.
Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

oil
2 medium onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 teaspoons grated ginger
2 tablespoons curry powder (whatever one you like)
1 large carrot, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup red lentils
2 medium potatoes, chopped
5 cups chicken stock
2 chicken fillets, or leftover cooked chicken, or other meat for that matter!
180 ml coconut milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped coriander or parsley

Saute onion, add garlic,ginger, and curry. Stir well. Add carrot, cinnamon, potatoes and stock. Cook till potatoes are done. Discard cinnamon stick. Puree 1/2 the mixture till mostly smooth. Return to pot with the rest of ingredients. Heat till chicken is done and serve.
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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2002
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 8:37pm
I make my own due to it taste better...

Not sure but maybe when I live alone I will buy it..
but for now I make my own.
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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2002
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 8:39pm
Have you ever thought of freezing them prawn shells or any type of thing to use as
a stock * freezing is a way to store things for later stock making...
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Registered: 10-31-2001
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 10:57am
Me too Susanne! I'm all out of bouillon so will have to put it on the shopping list.
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Registered: 10-31-2001
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 10:59am
Sounds good, lol making me very hungry! I've never cooked with a pressure cooker before, to scared lol. I remember the old one mom had and whenever she used it I didn't want to be in the kitchen. Are the new ones better than the old ones?
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Registered: 10-31-2001
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 11:01am
When making a chicken soup I'll make the stock but when needing broth for other things I just buy it. I should really start making it again and freezing so have it on hand when I need it.

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