Is Vegetable Broth Gluten Free?
Vegetable broth is usually thought of as a gluten-free food, and for good reason. But that doesn’t mean all vegetable broth is 100% gluten-free and safe for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities.
What Is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities should avoid it as it can cause numerous digestive symptoms and may lead to more serious health complications over time.
Does Vegetable Broth Have Gluten?
Vegetable broth can be made with a variety of vegetables and other ingredients, but gluten-containing grains are generally not included. This means that in most cases, vegetable broth made with vegetables, herbs, spices, and other non-gluten containing ingredients should be gluten-free.
However, since most store-bought broths are not tested for gluten, those with gluten sensitivities should take extra caution when using them. To ensure the broth is totally gluten-free, look for brands that identify the broth as gluten-free on the label, or make it from scratch using gluten-free ingredients.
How to Make Vegetable Broth at Home
Making vegetable broth at home is easy. Just use a variety of fresh, gluten-free vegetables, herbs, spices, and water. Here’s an example recipe:
- 2–3 cups chopped vegetables (such as onions, garlic, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and bell peppers)
- 1 teaspoon herbs (such as basil, oregano, thyme, or rosemary)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 quarts (8 cups) water
- In a large pot, combine vegetables, herbs, salt, pepper, and water.
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
- Simmer for 20–30 minutes.
- Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve and discard the solids.
Vegetable broth is usually thought of as a gluten-free food, but there is no guarantee that it is completely free of gluten. Those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities should look for brands that indicate the broth is gluten-free on the label or make their own at home using gluten-free ingredients.