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Basic Vegetable Broth by Chad January at the Good Life Show feat. The Plant Powered Show & Natural & Organic Show, Cape Town 2024

Basic Vegetable Broth

Chad January's vegetable broth is crafted using caramelised vegetables, producing a flavourful 2-litre broth.

Ingredients
  

  • Canola oil, for frying 
  • 3 onions 
  • 3-4 turnips 
  • 4 stalks celery 
  • 4 carrots 
  • 4 leeks 
  • ½ head garlic, peeled 
  • 5 cm ginger, peeled and sliced 
  • 4-5 fresh or dried bay leaves 
  • 2 dried chillies, deseeded 
  • 1 Can Rhodes Quality Chopped & Peeled Tomatoes
  • 2.5L water 
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns 
  • 2 handfuls fresh herbs (we used a combination of parsley, coriander and thyme) 

Instructions
 

  • Place a large 3L pot over medium heat and add oil. 
  • Peel and cut onions and turnips into quarters. Cut celery, carrots and leeks into large chunks, reserving celery leaves.
  • In batches, sauté onions for about 4-6 minutes or until golden. Remove and set aside.
  • Repeat process with turnips, celery, carrots and leeks, adding more oil if necessary. Make sure that all the vegetables are caramelised.
  • Return all vegetables back to the pot and add another glug of oil.
  • Add garlic, ginger, bay leaves and dried chillies. Fry for about 5-6 minutes, stirring often.
  • Stir in tomatoes and cook for a minute while stirring. (The acid in the tomatoes will help lift any charred bits stuck to the bottom of your pot.)
  • Add water, peppercorns, fresh herbs and reserved celery leaves, and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Lower heat immediately once and simmer gently for about 1.5-2 hours, partially covered. Do not stir - simply skim the impurities that appear on the surface every 15-20 minutes using a ladle or large spoon.
  • Strain broth, discarding all solids.
  • Season to taste.

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