Court Bouillon – Poaching liquid


Recently I was looking for different methods of using leftover vegetables, herbs and such when I stumbled across this recipe by Alton Brown.

We haven’t tried this yet. In fact I don’t think we have ever poached anything other than an egg. But this looks like a very interesting way to infuse great flavor without adding calories. It also looks to be  a fantastic and frugal use of leftover veggies 🙂 and is even reusable. In fact, I found when reading about it that reusing the court-bouillon only intensifies the flavor.

What an intriguing idea.

Have any of you used anything like this before? If so, with what, if you don’t mind sharing?

1.5 cups water
1/2 cup white wine
1 lemon, juiced
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped finely
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
4 to 5 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Strain or use chunky the first time, then strain through a fine mesh and either refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Either way, be sure to bring to a boil before reusing.

 

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