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Different Kinds of Stock - Make Great Soups and Sauces

Updated on October 4, 2011
Vegetable stock is very healthy and a great base for soups and stews.
Vegetable stock is very healthy and a great base for soups and stews. | Source

Simple Basic Vegetable Stock

Stock Basics

* Stocks are a key ingredient in many different soups, stews, and sauces. You can buy stock but nothing compares to the homemade variety.

* The basic characteristics to look for in a good stock are of course flavor, but also "body" and clarity. If you had to choose one, you of course would want the flavor to stand out.

* Compared to many other kinds of cooking, the more mature the animal or vegetable being used, the better. When cooked slowly and for a long time, you will get the best flavor.

* Many stock purists like to use fish stocks in fish soups and stews, and beef stocks in beef soups and sauces.

* Most vegetable and chicken stocks are the easiest of the stocks to prepare, and can be substituted for other stocks as needed.

* To get the most flavorful stock, use just enough water to cover the bones, vegetables or shells. You can use more as needed if evaporation removes too much. (Level going below the ingredients.)

* Follow your stock recipes for the most ideal ratio of liquid to solids. The main key being to keep the solids covered while cooking.

* The time it will take to cook your stock will be determined on how long it takes to extract the full flavor from your ingredients. If you cook things too long, you can get a bitter taste that can be unpleasant.

Below, I share some different stocks, as well as a video on making vegetable stock that takes about a half hour. Using stocks more can be both healthy and economical for you and your family.

Different kinds of stock for your cooking needs

There is a vast array of stocks out there. Here is a list of several different stocks that you might find useful in your cooking.

Chicken Stock

Brown Veal Stock

Shrimp Stock

White Crab Stock

Turkey Stock

Turkey Bone Stock

Venison Stock

Vegetable Stock

Beef Stock

White Chicken Stock

Basic Brown Stock

Fish Stock

Shellfish Stock

Lobster Stock

Turkey Giblet Stock


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