The Best Substitute for Beef Broth?

There's no denying that homemade beef stock adds great flavor to sauces and soups. But if you don't have any on hand, Salbert wonders if there isn't a better alternative to canned beef broth, which can have an unpleasant metallic flavor. Chowhounds say umami-rich alternatives—which happen to be vegetarian—add real depth to both beef dishes and meatless preps.

A good mushroom broth actually contributes more complexity to a dish than beef broth does, soupkitten says. For even more flavor, mleighn adds red wine and a splash of soy sauce. If you don't have time to make mushroom broth, try soaking dried mushrooms, then reducing the strained soaking liquid for a similar effect, greygarious says. Or, to add a sense of meatiness without mushrooms, try adding miso paste, Fiona suggests.

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