I’m a cookbook hoarder, well hoarder may be too harsh but I love my cookbooks, collect them and can literally spend hours in the bookstore looking at them and almost always leave the store with at least one if not more. When I received an email from the editors at Food52 asking if I would be interested in reviewing a cookbook for the Piglet Community Picks there was no pause in my answer, a resounding YES. I was given a choice of 6 cookbooks and Clean Soups was my first choice. It is not a voluminous cookbook, but offers some fantastic healthful and delicious basic broths used as a base for a variety of different types of soups.
I chose to make the Magic Miracle Broth, a vegetable broth, and a stepping stone to another recipe Thai Coconut Broth which will become a pureed soup. One thing I loved about this broth is that the vegetables are used unpeeled, everything, onion, carrot, garlic with the peels and all, it’s so easy to just throw it all in a pot and let it cook. If you love soup and clean eating I really recommend you purchase this cookbook. Part two of this post will be published in a few days, the finished soup.
Magic Mineral Broth
Makes approximately 1 gallon of broth
6 unpeeled carrots cut into thirds
2 unpeeled yellow onions, quartered
1 leek, white and green parts cut into thirds
1 bunch celery including the heart, cut into thirds
4 unpeeled red potatoes
2 unpeeled Japanese or regular sweet potatoes, quartered
1 unpeeled garnet yam, quartered
5 unpeeled garlic cloves, halved
1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley
1 (8 inch strip) kombu
12 black peppercorns
4 whole allspice or juniper berries
2 bay leaves
8 quarts cold filtered water
1 tsp sea salt plus more if needed
Rinse all vegetables well including the Kombu.
In a 12 quart or larger stockpot, combine the carrots, onion, leek, celery, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, yam, garlic, parsley, kombu, pepper, allspice berries and bay leaves. Add the water, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for at least 2 hours or until the full richness of the vegetables can be tasted. As the broth simmers some of the water will evaporate, add more if the vegetables begin to peek out.
Strain the broth through a large course mesh sieve (use a heat resistant container underneath) and discard the solids. Stir in the salt adding more if desired. Let cool at room temperature before refrigerating or freezing. Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 6 months.
Thai Coconut Broth
Makes approximately 2 1/2 quarts of broth
8 cups Magic Mineral broth
2 13.5 oune cans coconut milk
3 1 inch pieces of fresh ginger
2 shallots peeled and halved
3 kaffir lime leaves or 1 tsp lime zest
1 stalk lemongrass, cut in chunks and bruised
1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more if needed
In a 6 quart pot combine the broth, coconut milk, ginger, shallots, lime leaves or zest, lemongrass and salt, bring to a low boil over medium heat. Cook for about 20 minutes. Decrease to low and simmer for another 30 minutes. Remove the solids, taste and add more salt if desired.
Let cool to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing. Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days and 6 months in the freezer.