Broth makes up an important ingredient in most if not all recipes. But when it comes to broth does it matter if it’s vegetable broth or chicken? Can you replace these for one another? The answer is you can and you cannot.
Most chefs won’t dare make this mistake. It is one of those culinary flaws only the most experienced palate holders can differentiate between. The good news is, the rest of us, get some margin. So if you can’t decide which broth to make, time to make some notes.
Vegetable Broth vs Chicken Broth
Vegetable broth is made by boiling a handful of different vegetables in a pan. Fill the pan with water, a little bit of salt, some black pepper, and a few cloves of garlic. You have to put it on the stove on a medium flame for an hour. Vegetable broth makes up an important constituent in many vegetarian dishes and is popular among the weight-loss groups. You can make vegetable broth using any and as many vegetables as you like.
When cooking with fresh vegetable broth you must be careful about a thing or two. Firstly, make sure you wash your vegetable properly. If they are ground vegetables (ones that grow in the soil), soak them in water for a while. Secondly, since we’re boiling fresh vegetables, the vegetable broth has a short shelf life and goes stale pretty quickly. Make sure you boil your veggies to make broth the same day you need it or a day before. In case you must store it, make sure you use an airtight container and refrigerate it at all times.
Cooking with vegetable broth is easy. You will get a nice aroma of the vegetables used in making. However, if you are using carrots or vegetables like capsicums with a strong flavor, don’t overboil otherwise the flavor of certain vegetables gets too. Do not leave your vegetables on the stove for too long. They might turn the broth a little darker in color. Make sure you don’t do that unless you want a darker shade to your soup or gravy.
If you plan on replacing the chicken broth with vegetable broth, keep in mind that vegetable broth is slightly sweeter, so you’ll have to adjust the flavor accordingly.
Although fresh vegetable broth is always a better option if you’re short on time you can use ready-to-use broth from the supermarket. It might not be as good as the fresh broth but it’s always a good alternative. At times, the taste is a little bland. So, as we mentioned earlier, you’ll have to put your chef hat on and add the desired spices to make the perfect recipe.
Chicken broth includes boiling chicken, bones, a few garlic cloves, and spices adjusted to taste. After the broth has boiled properly, the chicken and bones are stained. You can use the boiled chicken by shredding and using it in a recipe, if not it can be used somewhere else. The good thing is, nothing goes to waste when you make a broth.
Broth makes up most soups, stews, and liquid dishes. Fresh chicken broth has a longer shelf life compared to vegetable broth and provides a meaty flavor that gives the right amount of filling.
Chicken broth is safer to use when you are making a complex recipe. It has the right amount of flavor and doesn’t require a lot of spice. In a lot of different parts of the world, people consume chicken broth as it is, while in other parts it is part of gravies and soups.
The fresh chicken broth might not always have the exact flavor and you’ll have to boil it for longer than an hour to let the meat shimmer and the bones boil properly. However, with Chicken Broth, synthetic cubes and Chicken broth powder is a great option. You just have to dissolve the chicken cube or powder in a cup or two of warm water, mix it properly and use it in your recipe.
At times, artificial chicken broth ends up tasting better than fresh chicken broth. While using synthetic chicken broth, make sure you do not use too much because these tend to make your dish very salty. Slowly add your broth to the recipe and don’t forget to taste every once in a while.