On day 135 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored making broth cubes to enhance flavors and save time in the kitchen.
If you love to cook, then you know how important it is to have quality ingredients on-hand. In my kitchen, chicken
broth is one of those staple ingredients that I often need in very small amounts, yet I find that even the smallest containers often expire before I can use them up completely.
Luckily, I’ve since discovered that I can freeze homemade broth in ice cube trays – such a simple solution!
Making stock isn’t difficult. In fact, if you buy a whole chicken periodically like I do, you can use the remaining parts to make a homemade broth. The beauty of making your own broth is that you get to control the ingredients, using less salt (or none at all), adding garlic and herbs, or simply making a pure broth.
I tend to keep things simple, tossing in a few onions and carrots, because I prefer to add seasonings later in the cooking process, depending on what I’m preparing.
Once the broth has cooled, simply pour it into ice cube trays and pop them in the freezer. The result: convenient, single-serving cubes of broth that can be used in a variety of recipes.
Don’t forget to inform your housemates that they aren’t ice cubes – my husband was not pleased when his glass of bourbon tasted like chicken.
Broth cubes can be used as a soup base, as well as the liquid base for cooking rice or noodles. More often, though, I use it as a simple flavoring for vegetables.
Taking a few minutes to prepare healthy ingredients in advance makes cooking more enjoyable, not to mention easier.
What are your favorite ways to use broth?