When fall finally hits, food is our first line of defense against the cold. Hearty slow cooker stews, spicy soups, and homemade breads may warm you from the inside out, but sometimes you crave something simple like a mug or bowl of sipping broth. Drink it on its own for a nutrient-packed pick-me-up, or use it as a base for your favorite comfort food dishes. These 13 recipes will ensure that you’ve got something cozy to ward off the chill all season long.
3. Homemade Ham Stock: Not enough people realize that a leftover ham bone is good for so much more than flavoring a pot of beans. You can use one to make this rich stock, redolent of carrots, celery, and pork. (via The Cookie Writer)
4. Fish Stock: Save those fish bones the next time you have a seafood dinner. Simmer them slowly to create a flavorful brew that’s great on its own, with noodles, or used as the foundation for a creamy bisque or chowder. (via The It Mom)
5. Tonkotsu Ramen Broth: Thick, rich, and totally slurpable, tonkatsu broth is surprisingly simple to make. The key is time — you’ll want to keep your ingredients at a rolling boil for at least 12 hours to extract all of the good stuff. (via Glebe Kitchen)
6. Rich Turkey Stock: For the best turkey stock, roast everything before you simmer it, from the turkey bones to the veggies. You wind up with deeper, more savory flavors than if you were to just throw everything in the pot raw. (via Grow a Good Life)
7. Slow Cooker Chicken Stock: Opt for a hands-off cooking project with this slow cooker chicken stock recipe. Just add your ingredients to the pot and walk away for a few hours until the house starts to smell delicious. (via A Clean Bake)
9. Lobster Stock: If you’re shelling out for lobster (pardon the pun), you don’t want to let any of it go to waste. Use the leftovers to create a rich broth that you’ll want to ladle right into your mouth. (via Mama Ía)
10. Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth: Hearty beef broth can be sipped on its own, or used to make stews, gravies, and sauces. Make it in the slow cooker, then freeze it for when duty calls. (via Lemon Blossoms)
11. Instant Pot Vegetable Broth: Intended for sipping, this concoction is made in your Instant Pot. The pressure cooker coaxes every last bit of flavor out of your veggies, for a more flavorful meatless stock than you’re probably used to. (via My Life Cookbook)
12. Slow Cooker Lemon Ginger Sipping Broth: Better than tea, swap your usual tisane for this flavorful mix. Ginger, lemon, pepper, and thyme add a heady aroma to this light, soothing liquid. (via Boulder Locavore)
13. Vegetarian Mushroom Broth: When you want to add a powerful punch of umami to your meatless meals, look no further than mushrooms. Along with your saved veggie scraps (store them in the freezer, and make stock when you have enough saved up), they make this broth rich and delicious. (via The Grateful Grazer)
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