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Difference in stock vs broth

Here lately I see more recipes that call for broth instead of stock. Is there a difference? How would it alter a recipe to use one instead of the other?


Asked by PandaGwen at 9:44 AM on Feb. 19, 2013 in Food & Drink

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  • Stock and broth are very similar animals: water simmered with meat and/or bones, and usually some vegetables and aromatic herbs, then strained. (Though in the case of vegetable broth, meat is not used.) They’re both utilized as a base for soups, sauces, and gravies. And, truth be told, some chefs use the words interchangeably. However, there are some generally accepted differences between stock and broth.

    “Stock is predominantly [made with] bones and some trim,” says Greg Fatigati, associate dean for curriculum and instruction for culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America.

    Broth, on the other hand, is usually made with pieces of actual meat, so it’s richer.


    Answer by LostSoul88 at 9:46 AM on Feb. 19, 2013

  • “Broth tastes more like a finished product that can be served on its own,” says Nils Norén, VP of culinary arts for the French Culinary Institute.

    You can fortify stock with more meat to make broth.

    For practical purposes, if you’re making a recipe that calls for stock, you can use broth, and vice versa. If you’re not making your own stock or broth, you can find canned or boxed broth at most grocery stores. (Stock is not widely available.) You can use this for any recipe that calls for stock, too, but try to buy the low-sodium version, because store-bought broth can be very salty.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 9:46 AM on Feb. 19, 2013

  • If I remember the theoretical part of culinary school, stock is usually made with bony parts and broth with meaty parts. This is why stock tends to have a richer, deeper color and taste.
    You can exchange them in recipes, just bear in mind that stock has more flavor. You can make broth more flavorful by letting it simmer with veggies for a while.

    Answer by momto2boys973 at 8:08 PM on Feb. 19, 2013

  • I think they answered it better than I could.

    Answer by booklover545 at 12:57 PM on Feb. 20, 2013