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Temperatures are cooling down so I'm cooking a lot more soups and stews. I used to use store-bought chicken broth until I found out how easy homemade broth is to make. There are also a ton of nutritional benefits to making your own broth. Broth provides us with gelatin, collagen, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus in an easy to digest form. Not too shabby!
You might have heard the terms broth, stock, and maybe even bone broth thrown around. What's the difference? Stock and broth both contain vegetables, meat, and bone simmered in liquid. Stock does not normally have any added seasoning, while broth can contain salt, spices, and maybe some wine. Bone broth usually starts with just water and bones. Traditionally, bone broth is simmered for longer than broths and stocks. It can have some seasonings, depending on if the cook plans to drink it alone or use it to make other dishes.
Here's my chicken broth recipe. I like to use chicken wings because they create a ton of flavor and are very affordable. If you can't find the spices in whole seed form, try using 1-2 teaspoons of whole peppercorns instead.
I recommend using this broth in soups and stews, along with subbing it for water in other savory dishes. It is great to use for making rice, beans, lentils, and steamed vegetables. Broth also works well to create sauces, curries, and even dairy-free mashed potatoes.
Do you make your own broth or stock? What method do you use? Let me know in the comments!