If the idea of making any kind of homemade stock sounds daunting, we promise that you will be cured of that the first time you do it. It's surprisingly easy and doesn't involve much more than throwing a few ingredients into a stock pot with water and letting it do a slow simmer on the stove for a couple of hours.
Yes, that is slightly more work than buying a container or can of it in the store, but the results are worth the effort. Why? No weird, unpronounceable ingredients, no salt, no fat—you get to control exactly what goes into it.
Making certain kinds of meat stocks can be more involved. Ultra rich veal stock, the basis of every delicious meat sauce you've ever wished you could make, involves roasting bones. But vegetable stocks are simple and quickly prepped. So why a corn stock, instead of a regular vegetable stock? The sweet, beautiful flavor of fresh corn is unbeatable. We definitely recommend saving up some of summer's sugary ears and using them to make batches of corn stock for the freezer. That way, you will have a little bit of that summer flavor year round.
It is definitely possible to make the stock with only the ears, once you've used the kernels for something else. But keeping the ears whole will add more flavor and sweetness to the stock. We balance out the natural sugars with spicy black peppercorns, fresh garlic, and fragrant bay leaves for great flavor.
Once you have homemade corn stock, what can you do with it? Oh, so much. Firstly, it makes an amazing base for homemade soup since it delivers so much more flavor than just plain water. Use it to thin out sauces or as an ingredient in a creamy bechamel. Cook rice in it instead of water. Or, even better, heat it up and use it as the stock for your risotto recipes. All your dishes will be elevated by the flavor of this homemade stock.
- 5 to 6 ears fresh corn (husked)
- 1 onion (peeled and quartered)
- 2 celery stalks (quartered)
- 2 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 large handful fresh parsley
- 8 to 10 cups water
Gather the ingredients.
Add the ears of fresh corn to a large soup or stock pot (approximately 3 1/2 quarts) along with the quartered onion, celery stalks, garlic cloves, black peppercorns, bay leaves and fresh parsley. Fill with water and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 2 hours.
Strain the stock and allow to cool completely before storing in air tight jars in the refrigerator.
- The stock will keep in the fridge for up to a week or you can freeze it.