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Feb 12, 2013 02:55 PM

Should I Put Potatoes in Vegetable Stock?

A lot of vegetable stock recipes call for potatoes, but I have never done that because it seems counterproductive - in my experience, potatoes absorb rather than lend flavor. Does anyone know why recipes include them?

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  1. How odd, never heard of such a thing. For a reality check, I googled "vegetable stock recipe" and zero out of the first ten that came up included potato for the stock. I see no reason to include them in your stock base - they are a subtle neutral, a nice addition to the eventual soup, but not a helpful aspect to the basic stock.

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    1. re: rcallner

      Agreed. Clean potato peelings/skins might be a fine addition, but not whole potatoes.

      1. re: rcallner

        I suppose I've seen it mostly in cookbooks, including Mark Bittman's:

        1. re: mgret05

          I've made the recipe from Bittman's HTCE. I don't think the potato adds anything good. He offers a variation with parsnip instead of potato and that is more to my liking.

      2. No. Not to make stock. I've never heard of that. ever.
        Now, if you want to make soup with the stock, and want potatoes in your soup, yes.

        1. Actually, Anna Thomas - author of "The Vegetarian Epicure" & other sequels (FABULOUS books, by the way) swears by Potato Peel broth & uses it in a number of recipes. Here's a link to one of her basic recipes:

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          1. re: Bacardi1

            I make potato peel broth regularly and really like it.

          2. I've never seen vegetable stock recipes that call for potatoes. I'm surprised you've seen a lot. SInce you already know you don't want it, make it how you prefer.

            1. <A lot of vegetable stock recipes call for potatoes>

              I have not learned of this. I won't say potateos absorb rather than lend flavor. I just don't see them as being "stock"