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Anyone ever heard of adding fruit to stock?

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Anyone ever heard of adding fruit to stock?

phan1 | Apr 11, 2008 10:07 PM

Well, I was just wondering if anyone heard of reputable chefs adding fruit to stock. And I mean things like apples and oranges (probably not berries cause they're too expensive). It makes sense to me theoretically, as the main reason why I put vegetables in my stock is to make the stock sweeter, as not adding vegetables leads to a bitter stock. So I was wondering "I'm trying to make my stock sweeter, let's just put an apple in there!".

Right now, I'm going to make some duck stock, which will specifically be used for a sauce reduction. Now pairing fruit (oranges, berries, ect.) with duck is pretty common. Just put some oranges in your stock for a twist on duck a l'orange. But unfortunately as a home cook, experimenting in the kitchen is an expensive time consuming hobby. Anyone else heard about this before I go screwing things up? But I guess adding reduced fruit juices to reduce stock is how it's normally done...

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