stock or broth?

02 Aug

Lately, i was being curious about the difference of stock and broth.

Well, now i’m gonna show you some explanations of the difference that i’ve compiled from various website.


The difference between broth and stock is one of both cultural and colloquial terminology but certain definitions prevail. Stock is the thin liquid produced by simmering raw ingredients: solids are removed, leaving a thin, highly-flavored liquid. This gives classic stock as made from beef, veal, chicken, fish and vegetable stock. Broth differs in that it is a basic soup where the solid pieces of flavoring meat or fish, along with some vegetables, remain. It is often made more substantial by adding starches such as rice, barley or pulses. Traditionally, broth contains some form of meat or fish: nowadays it is acceptable to refer to a strictly vegetable soup as a broth. :

Stock: A strained liquid that results from simmering meats, fish, herbs, and vegetables in water. It is usually made by browning bones, vegetables and other ingredients before they’re cooked in the liquid for hours. Used as a basis for soups or sauces.

Broth: A flavorful, aromatic liquid made by simmering water or stock with meat or vegetables.

Generally speaking, stock has a heartier, richer flavor. This is mostly due to the bones used (broth is made with meat only and no bones). In most recipes the two can be interchanged with similar results. Fine chefs might tell you different, but for regular home cooking, the dish will be fine. However, note that broth may end up saltier than stock, so you may need to adjust your recipe accordingly.

Citation of the transcript of television program “Good eats” from :

BM: AB, Why cook the bones so long?
AB: Um, because this kind of soup is really best when it’s made with a stock. Hey, Stephanie.
BM: Is that like a broth? Ooo. I’m sorry.
AB: No. That’s a popular misconception. You see, a broth is made from either meat or vegetable. A stock is always made from bones.
BM: Well, what’s so great about that?
AB: Well, you see bones and connective tissue contain this protein called collagen, alright? And when you those cook those bones in a moist, you know, like water or whatever, for a long period of time, that collagen melts and becomes the stuff called gelatin which is what Jell-O used to be made of. And it brings a certain unctuousness, a weight on the tongue, it’s called mouth-feel. You just can’t get that out of a can. You know you can always tell when you’ve got a soup that’s got a lot of gelatin in it because, like, when you put it away or refrigerate it, you know, like for leftovers it’ll set up kind of like, well, like loose Jell-O. It gets wiggly.
BM: Wiggly?
AB: Wiggly.
BM: Is that a technical term?
AB: Yes.

(p.s: AB = Alton Brown, BM = Blair McGuffin..)

Well, from the very beggining, i didn’t think stock and broth were same. And my personal opinion was closer to the wikipedia explanation in a simple one. I thought that there were no solid ingridients left in a stock, but a broth contains solid things within. But now i know that it’s not just as simple like what i used to think. (heavy breathing).

Ah, ok, do you get it now?

It’s useful to know the difference to understand a food recipe, to understand some lab experimental steps (since i did cell culturing on my previous thesis, i found many technical term of those words), to participate on cooking class or perhaps “master chef” competition – LOL-

 or just in case you want to look smart in front of your friends.. haha. 😀


Posted by on August 2, 2011 in for fun, hobi zone, info zone


5 responses to “stock or broth?

  1. Asop

    August 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    broth… kaldu, kan?

    • anindita

      August 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

      broth n stock ya kaldu. kalau di indonesia, broth dan stock(bkn stock saham ya, hehe) ya dibilangnya sama2 kaldu. jadi kalau ada translation dr resep luar negeri, harusnya ada penjelasan kaldu yang stock atau yg broth..
      ah, yang penting makan ya. what’s so great about debating this. LOL

      • Baju Wanita

        August 3, 2011 at 11:28 am

        hha, yang pnting makan… stuju. 🙂

      • anindita

        August 6, 2011 at 8:28 am


  2. Alissa S. Justice

    January 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Q:What is the difference between chicken stock and chicken broth? If I don’t have time to make stock, can I use canned chicken broth and alter it in some way for use as chicken stock? Becky O’Reilly, Phoenix, AZ A:Chicken stock tends to be made more from bony parts, whereas chicken broth is made more out of meat. Chicken stock tends to have a fuller mouth feel and richer flavor, due to the gelatin released by long-simmering bones.


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