Stocks
Stocks are useful in many dishes and here I give 3 recipes for some basic stocks.
Ingredients
Vegetable Stock
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 2 sticks of celery, sliced
  • 2 onions, cut in half
  • 1 large leek, sliced
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp crushed bay leaves
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves
Chicken Stock
  • 1 chicken carcass
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 stick of celery, sliced
  • 2 onions, cut in half
  • 1 medium leek, sliced
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp crushed bay leaves
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 garlic clove
Meat Stock
  • 500 g (1 lb) meat bones
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 stick of celery, sliced
  • 1 onion, cut in half
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • Pinch of dried rosemary
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 1 garlic clove
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients into a large pan and cover with about 1 litre (35 fl oz) of water. Bring to the boil.
  2. For meat stock – skim off any scum which forms.
  3. Cover and simmer 1 hour for vegetable stock, 2 hours for chicken stock, and 3 hours for meat stock.
  4. Drain through a colander and then a finer sieve. Taste and adjust the salt until you are satisfied.
  5. For meat stock – place in the fridge to cool completely then skim the fat off the surface.
Titli's Tips
All recipes make about 1 litre (almost 2 pints) of stock.

Stocks can be kept in the ‘fridge for a few days and freeze quite well. You don’t really need to peel any of the vegetables but you should always wash them before use. Leaving the skin on the onion will give a slightly darker stock, for example.

Always adjust the salt at the end. Some water will evaporate during cooking and it is very difficult to rescue an over-salty stock!

You can make a dark meat stock by placing the meat bones on a tray in an oven at 200°C for 15 minutes at the beginning.

The strained vegetables make their way onto my compost heap. The dog gets the meat bones, and the birds get the chicken carcass but make sure you hang it in a tree to keep it away from other critters!

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 0 0%
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat unsatfat=g 0%
Unsaturated Fat 0g
   
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fibre sugars=g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g 0%
Cholesterol carbohydrates=mgs 0%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.