Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Basics: Magic Mineral Broth

Feeling depleted?  Magic Mineral Broth is the go to when feeling run down.  It's also the broth I use as my vegetable stock in recipes.  Kombu is reliably available at Paradise Foods and randomly at Whole Foods.  Right now, you can get all of the vegetables at the Farmer's Market (any of them, really).  This is not necessarily so at other times of the year. Get the most local and use organic for everything you can--down to the peppercorns--this is a restorative, don't put sub-optimal ingredients in it.

The recipe from Rebecca Katz follows.  Browse her site for other great soup recipes.

6 unpeeled carrots, cut into thirds
2 unpeeled yellow onions, cut into chunks
1 leek, white and green parts, cut into thirds
1 bunch celery, including the heart, cut into thirds
4 unpeeled red potatoes, quartered
2 unpeeled Japanese or regular sweet potatoes, quartered
1 unpeeled garnet yam, quartered
5 unpeeled cloves garlic, halved
1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 8 inch strip of kombu
12 black peppercorns
4 whole allspice or juniper berries
2 bay leaves
8 quarts water, cold and unfiltered
1 teaspoon sea salt

Rinse ALL of the vegetables well, including the kombu.
In a 12-quart or larger stockpot, combine the carrots, onions, leek, celery, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yam, garlic, parsley, kombu, peppercorns, allspice berries, and bay leaves.
Fill the pot with the water to 2 inches below the rim, cover, and bring to a boil.
Remove the lid, decrease the heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, for at least 2 hours.
As the broth simmers, some of the water will evaporate; add more if the vegetables begin to peek out.
Simmer until the full richness of the vegetables can be tasted.
Strain the broth through a large, coarse-mesh sieve (remember to use a heat-resistant container underneath), then add salt to taste.
Let cool to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing.
Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer for 4 months.
Per Serving: Calories: 45; Total Fat: 0 g (0 g saturated, 0 g monounsaturated); Carbohydrates: 11 g; Protein: 1 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sodium: 140 mg

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