Make your own homemade vegetable powder using excess home-grown vegetables.
Onions, or leeks, carrots and celery are the base of this vegetable stock, with a little nutritional yeast and salt.
I have a recipe for stock paste on the blog already, but this dehydrated powder version deserves a spot too. I love using stock powder in so many dishes; soups, curries, sauces…
This recipes uses whole vegetables, so there’s no waste. It’s also completely vegan.
I like using the parts of the vegetable that are so often discarded. The greens of the leeks and the feathery tops of carrots, the leaves of the celery, I don’t even bother taking the skin off the onion or garlic.
It’s all shredded finely and dried together. Shredding it, or chopping it first really helps to speed up the dehydrating process.
It is absolutely possible to dry this in an oven too but considering a large amount of vegetables are dried at once, a dehydrator with many trays is a lot easier and more effective.
I have an Excalibur dehydrator. They’re very pricy but I actually got given mine from my mum when she wasn’t using it anymore. That makes it over 12 years old now and it’s still like new. I use it all the time too, such as on this fruit leather, and it’s so worth while.
However, any dehydrator will work!
For me, it usually takes around 7-8 hours to dry the vegetables and it really depends on how small they were chopped.
This powder will last up to a year if dried correctly. You really need to ensure that every last bit of moisture is gone though.
Flavours and Amounts
The key vegetables in the stock are leek (or onion), carrots and celery. As long as you’ve got those as the bulk, you can add any other vegetables you like. I’ve given some rough amounts below, but it depends on what vegetables you’ve got available. This is a very versatile recipe.
In the summer when zucchini and tomatoes are in abundance, I add those in too.
Once it’s dried, it’s blitzed into a powder along with rock salt and nutritional yeast. For the blizting I use my Froothie blender* and it gets so lovely and fine!
The nutritional yeast is optional, but it does add a really nice and deep savoury flavour. The rock salt enhances the flavour too, though how much you want to add is up to you.
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Homemade Vegetable Stock Powder
- 300 g carrots unpeeled, carrot tops included
- 300 g whole leeks greens too
- 200 g celery leaves too
- 5-8 cloves of garlic
- 1 cup mixed fresh herbs
- 2-3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2-3 Tbsp rock salt
- Finely shred or chop the vegetables. The smaller they are, the quicker they will dry.
- Place all the vegetables and herbs in single layers onto dehydrating trays or oven trays. Dry the vegetables at 65-70 °C, for around 8 hours until dry. The smaller you chop everything the faster it will dry. If drying in the oven, open the oven door occasionally to let out the steam.
- Once everything has dried completely, add it to a blender along with the nutritional yeast and rock salt. Blitz it into a fine powder.
- Store the stock in an airtight jar. If dried thoroughly it lasts for more than a year.