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I generally make my own vegetable broth from vegetable scraps and trimmings, but recently purchased a quart of store-bought broth in a pinch. Blech! I forgot how weird-tasting store bought vegetable broth is by comparison, especially for the price of an organic broth without creepy stuff in it. I swore I'd never do it again, even in a pinch, and vowed to only make my own vegetable broth from now on. So, I started collecting all my little vegetable scraps again for my next pot of broth.
The next day I was catching up some reading over at 101 Cookbooks, one of my favorite blogs. Heidi is so inspiring; her images are beautiful, her cooking seems absolutely effortless and elegant, and I relate strongly to her philosophy on food. I deeply admire her cookbook Super Natural Cooking, and am excited about her forthcoming cookbook that she is currently working on. She just seems so cool. I always find her posts inspiring, and somehow, she has this way of posting things that totally click into something I am thinking about, it is like magic. However, my visit to her site the other day was particularly timely. Why, you ask? Because I came across her post for homemade vegetable boullion!
I flipped out! Why hadn't I ever thought of this?! It seemed so simple. Bouillon is just ground of vegetables and spices, so why can't we make our own, right? Geez.
I knew I had to try it immediately.