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 Post subject: Veggie vs. Beef vs. Chicken broth?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:51 pm 
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Greetings! My 1st post here. Have been a vegan for about 8 months but have not, until today, made seitan.

Looking at a million and a half recipes, I'm wondering:

Why veggie broth almost every time?

Why not vegan beef or chicken base/bouillon matching the flavor of the dish such as beef stew or chicken noodle soup?

Of course one can use those as they wish... but very few recipes include them and instead say use veggie broth.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:55 pm 
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Veggie broth is more general, but if you know what flavor you want in the finished dish, go ahead and replace! I almost ALWAYS use no-chicken broth for homemade seitan and always love the results.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:09 pm 
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I just used no-beef broth in some seitan cutlets that are going to be the "steak" in a steak salad!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:58 pm 
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Hmm, good question. Maybe it's because most seitan recipes are general, to be used in any recipe, so using veggie broth adds flavour but doesn't limit recipe options.


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I think in some cases it's because the cook book tries to use as many "from scratch" ingredients as possible. You can make veggie broth at home from veggies and water, but beef-style or chicken-style broth would be a purchased product.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:19 am 
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Rhizopus Oligosporus wrote:
I think in some cases it's because the cook book tries to use as many "from scratch" ingredients as possible. You can make veggie broth at home from veggies and water, but beef-style or chicken-style broth would be a purchased product.


This Is what I was going to say.

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 Post subject: Re: Veggie vs. Beef vs. Chicken broth?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:19 am 
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also its easier to find veggie broth. but that is an ingredient that is easily subbed for whatever type of broth you think would be good in your recipe.

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 Post subject: Re: Veggie vs. Beef vs. Chicken broth?
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For me it's because I have rarely ever come across veggie chicken or veggie beef broth! I don't know why but it's not something I can find easily in Canada. Veggie broth is easily accessible.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:59 am 
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Yeah, I've never seen veggie beef or chicken broth here either (UK) apart from the flavour sachets in very cheap noodles.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:54 pm 
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I use veggie bouillon cubes for almost all of my broth needs -- I alternate between the veggie and no-chicken flavors. The no-beef one I reserve for beefy stuff like corned beef hash, since I think it has a more distinctive flavor and a slightly darker color.

To me they are almost interchangeable with subtle variations in flavor. If you are using broth as a soup base, that is probably going to have more impact on the flavor than if you are using broth as an ingredient in another recipe, though.


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 Post subject: Re: Veggie vs. Beef vs. Chicken broth?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:29 am 
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dropscone wrote:
Yeah, I've never seen veggie beef or chicken broth here either (UK) apart from the flavour sachets in very cheap noodles.

Exactly what I was going to say!
But if you do have access to beef- or chicken-favour stock and you know which recipes you want to use your seitan in, go ahead!

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I use mushroom stock a lot in recipes that call for vegetable stock/broth. It's delicious-er.

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