Vegetable Bouillon

Vegetable Bouillon

I’ve made a mean veggie stock in the past but the problem with it is that we use it up so fast, I’d have to make stock every Sunday just to keep up.

I started looking for a commercial bouillon every time we went to any kind of grocery store. Usually, all I found was a box of veggie stock (granted, I love Pacific Organic’s stock) accompanied by all sorts of meat-based bouillons. Not a single veggie bouillon in sight, even in the frou-frou stores.

Then, in January, Heidi at 101 Cookbooks posted an incredibly simple raw bouillon recipe. It took me a while to get to making it, but finally did this month.

Boy, I wish I hadn’t waited.

It’s a great, simple and very flexible bouillon. It tastes wonderful. We used it last night in this creamy egg-lemon soup along with some chicken broth and I swear, it smelled just like the best chicken noodle soup you’ve ever tasted.

Please check out Heidi’s post for her way of making this. One of the changes I made was because my husband seriously detests anise (and it’s expensive here). The only thing we’d change about the batch we have in the freezer is to use roasted garlic instead of raw for the extra oomph of flavor. I’ve written that in as an option because going through 3 1/2 cups of concentrated bouillon is going to take us a while.

One word of warning: Yes, this calls for a lot of salt. Bouillon is preserved with salt and it will not be salty once it is reconstituted. The amount of salt has a secondary benefit – you can leave the jar in the freezer and it will still be scoopable.

Vegetable Bouillon [printable recipe]

Adapted from 101Cookbooks
Original recipe featured in The River Cottage Preserves Handbook
Makes approximately 3 1/2 cups

  • 150 g | 1 regular leek, white and light green parts
  • 200 g | 3 medium carrots, peeled
  • 200 g | 1/3 stalk celery
  • 30 g | about 6 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 100 g | 1 large shallot, peeled
  • 25 g | 3 – 4 large cloves of garlic — roasted or raw
  • 250 g | 7 ounces fine sea salt
  • 40 g | about 1 bunch parsley, flat-leaf or curly

Chop everything roughly and combine all but the salt and parsley in the bowl of a food processor. You may need to pulse several times between ingredients to make enough room, depending on your model3. Process to a coarse puree then add the parsley and salt. Puree until mostly smooth.

Remove to freezer-safe containers. Store only what you need in the fridge, the rest in the freezer. The bouillon will still be easily usable straight out of the freezer due to the high salt content.

Usage: 1 teaspoon of bouillon per cup of water.


  1. You can change this recipe up to suit your tastes or what’s in season. I’m looking forward to checking out this book when it arrives in the US to see what other combinations they recommend.
  2. I wanted to use cilantro too but I had run out the day before.
  3. I have a 7-cup and had to remove part of it at one point to make sure it pureed evenly. An 11-cup, on the other hand, would just chow through this in no time.

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  3. Shreela says:

    OMGosh this is awesome! I’ve suffered from severe pain in my gut for three years before my 3rd GI figured I’m probably very sensitive to food additives, and advised me to verify by cooking whole foods from scratch for a few weeks to see if my gut attacks subsided – they did! I’ve figured out a few additives to avoid, but there’s at least one more I’ve yet to figure out.

    Now the big problem is relearning to cook tasty foods without commercial help, which isn’t too awful on energetic days, but on lazy days I often test premades to see if I can tolerate it. Sometimes I can, but other times I pay the price with pain.

    I used to rely heavily on commercial bouillon, lazy and non-lazy days, but they have something that triggers moderate pain. I found some cubes online that supposedly are additive free, but are fairly expensive. You’ve made my day with this <3

    • Cori Rozentāle says:

      Hi Shreela,

      Oh! I’m glad that will help :D I LOVE this recipe, and it’s very tweakable so if you like your bouillon a bit differently, it’s really easy to fix. I make this in big batches because I use it everywhere that any type of broth is called for. (My other standby is Better than Bouillon.)

      I’m sorry to hear that you have pain from foods :( It is really challenging to have to adapt everything. One of my very dear friends recently learned she was both sensitive to wheat/gluten and to dairy at the same time! Everything that she knew how to cook was suddenly out the window – and all processed foods became suspect. To make matters worse, she is also allergic to guar gum and chickpeas, which we only figured out through trial and error. I know finding premade or commercial food that she can use when she is too tired to cook has been a real challenge. It sounds like you’re in a similar spot. :(

      I’m so glad I was able to help and hope you find that mystery ingredient. Thank you for writing! Best of luck!

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