Maybe you’ve had an experience like this: You go down the soup aisle at the grocery store and see a multitude of cartons and cans of chicken, fish, and beef stocks and broths. What’s the difference and which one should I use for what? I often wondered this myself so I researched it and here’s what I found.
Broth is made by simmering meat in water with some vegetables and herbs added for seasoning. They are more strongly flavored than stocks so are commonly used for quick clear soups and rice dishes.
Stock is made by simmering leftover meaty bones and carcasses, with aromatic vegetables for depth of flavor. Best uses are soup bases, stews and making reductions for sauces.