From Tal Ronnen, L.A.'s best-known vegan chef, comes a rich vegetable stock that rivals chicken or beef. Keep a few quarts in the freezer for soups or root vegetable braises.
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- 2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 12 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
- 6 sprigs thyme
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
- 2 carrots, halved
- 2 bulbs fennel, roughly chopped
- 2 leeks, halved
- 1 yellow onion, halved
In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients with 1 gallon water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the stock is darkened, about 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the stock through a fine sieve set over a bowl; discard the solids. Pour into storage containers and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.