Monday, 3 September 2012

Taking Stock

There are a couple of recipes floating around for vegetable stock paste. The Diva has one and so does Frilly Pants, but they are both done for the Thermomix and those instructions are double dutch to anyone who doesn't have one. So I gave it a whirl and was really happy with the results, but had to wait until I ran out so I could make more and actually measure what I did.

The good thing about stock is that you can use all the bits of your vegies that aren't too pretty - the celery that went floppy in the bottom of the fridge, or the upper bits of the leek. A good habit to get into is to freeze your vegetable off cuts. I have a zip lock bag in the freezer that I add to all the time. The light green bits of leek that can be a little on the tough side to cook with get thrown in the freezer ready to be made into stock, so does the odd bit of celery too.

Vegetable Stock Concentrate
  • 350g celery 
  • 4 shallots
  • 350g leek
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • small handful parsley
  • 1/3 cup salt
  1. Roughly chop and wash all the vegetables and place in a large saucepan.
  2. Sprinkle the salt over it all (it will start to draw the water from the veg quite quickly)
  3. Put pan over a low-medium heat and cook, stirring often to begin with. As more liquid comes out of the veg less stirring is required.
  4. Turn it down to a simmer and reduce until most of the liquid is gone. It took me about 1hr from turning the pan on to get to this point.
  5. Cool and puree. Pack into a freezer container and freeze. (It doesn't freeze solid and can be scooped straight from the freezer)
This made 1 1/2 cups. Use one tablespoon to make one cup of stock. That is almost 19 cups of stock and it doesn't take up the entire freezer. Genius!

- You can use whatever quantity of veg you have, just make sure you don't over do any particular thing or it will dominate.
Salicylates - Add carrot or onion
Celery tops - I've heard that the celery tops may be higher in salicylates than the stems, I use the tops, but you may chose not to.

Use it to add flavour to risotto, stews or soups, just about anything really.


  1. Thanks so much for this! I was just introduced to stock paste at a thermomix demo the other day and was really wishing I could figure out how to do it without one. :-)

  2. If i'm using Thermomix.. What is the speed, temputure and time to make the vegi stock??

    Thx madeline

    1. Hi Madeline, I don't have a thermomix, so have no idea. Check out Frilly Pants' thermomix recipe here