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Homemade Vegetable Mineral Broth

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Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants; this homemade gut-healing vegetable broth is an immune boosting, sickness fighting, anti-inflammatory powerhouse! And it tastes great too!

A friend of mine introduced me to this amazing, healing broth and I’m so glad that she did! She discovered it when her husband was diagnosed with cancer (thankfully, caught very early).

This Magic Mineral Broth was recommended to take along with his treatment, to help boost his immune system and fight the cancer. She was diligent in making this amazing or “Magic” mineral broth and thank the Lord, he is now cancer free!

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Homemade Vegetable Mineral Broth

Anyhoo, she turned me onto the gal who created this Magic Mineral Broth, Rebecca Katz; if you haven’t heard about her, you are in for a treat, she is so spunky and fun, I highly recommend reading her blog. Here is what she says about this amazing broth and it is really amazing!


A large galvanized black pot filled with water and chopped veggies.

“Mothers say, My kid loves this broth! Others tell me, All of a sudden I can sleep! (The magnesium is so calming). People who are sick or run down, mothers who have just had babies, all have healing stories to tell. Many have credited MMB with helping them survive cancer treatment and… thrive!”

“Cancer-fighting, immune-boosting, sniffle-healing comfort in a cup.”

Rebecca Katz – Developer of Magic Mineral Broth
Cutting board with large slices of celery, potatoes, sweet potatoes and garlic with a colander in the background.

Check out her blog and her delightful post on Culinary Choreography, it’s fun and educational!

Keep this amazing, healing broth around to sip on, especially if you are not feeling well; it’s mild, pleasant, easy on the system and does amazing things for your body; chock-full of magnesium, potassium, and sodium (the good kind), it allows the body to refresh and restore itself. Good for regularity too!


Let’s start with the ingredients!

Ingredients for Magic Mineral broth, left to right black pepper, kombu seaweed, colander with leek, onions, parsley, bay leaves, sweet potatoes, baked potatoes.

The easiest thing about this broth is that you don’t need to peel anything, just wash, rough chop and go!


Purchase quality ingredients and don’t freak out about the seaweed, it’s the “magic” ingredient that imparts so many amazing vitamins and minerals and you cannot taste it!

Wash and then quarter your onions and leeks, be sure to wash the leeks extra well! They tend to be pretty sandy! Leave your skins on!

Cutting board with knife slicing, a red onion, leeks chopped rough in back.

Now, wash and rough chop your carrots and toss them in a large stock pot (at least 12 qts), I show water here, but I think it’s actually easier to fit to the top with water once you have finished all of your veggies.

large pot with rough chopped onions, carrots and filled with water

Next in; your flat leaf parsley and Japanese yam, do this in whatever order you want!

cutting board with parsley, celery, chopped potatoes and washed sweet potatoes and red potato in the background.

And then your celery (heart, leaves, end; all parts) and the rest of your potatoes.

Cutting board with large slices of celery, potatoes, sweet potatoes and garlic with a colander in the background.

Add your garlic cloves, smooshed with the flat side of a large knife…or halved. Skins and all!

Chopped celery, halved red potatoes, garlic cloves smashed in foreground.

Finally, add your Kombu* (be sure to rinse this as well). You may have to go to a specialty store for this, but don’t leave it out, it’s the magic ingredient and as I said earlier, you cannot taste it. I found mine at Whole Foods, with more than one vegetable broth pot with enough to last several pots worth of this wonderful vegetable broth, but you can also buy online from Amazon, easy link is here Pacific Kombu .

*According to Rebecca, “Kombu is a mineral-rich seaweed (in the kelp family) that adds umami or savory flavor to stocks and broths. Kombu is usually found in the Asian section of grocery stores near the nori (seaweed sheets) that are used for sushi. Store dried Kombu in the cool dark area of your pantry.” 

Hand holding a package of Emerald Cove Pacific Kombu seaweed in front of large pot filled with water and veggies.

Toss in the spicespeppercorns, allspice, bay leaves and sea salt.

all spice and black peppers in palm of hand over pot of water with chopped veggies

See the Kombu peeking out from behind the bay leaf?

hand with sea salt in palm, pouring into large pot
large pot filled with lots of chopped veggies, hand holding 2 bay leaves

If you haven’t already added your water, fill to about 1″ to the top of the pot. Give it all a good stir!

Stirring large black pot of veggies with wooden spoon.

Cover and bring to a boil, then remove the lid and reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 2-4 hours. Below is what it looked like after 2 hours.

Large black pot of boiling water with rough chopped veggies, celery, onions, parsley, potatoes.

Continue simmering until the broth is a rich color and you can taste the vegetables in the broth. 4 hours worked best for me.

Strain broth using a large, coarse mesh sieve, making sure you have a heat-resistant large batter bowl below the sieve to catch all of that great broth.

Season with sea salt to taste and cool to room temperature prior to refrigerating or freezing! Ladle into glass jars or bottles, fill only to the top of the shoulder to allow for expansion in the freezer or freeze in freezer baggies, removing as much air as possible before freezing.

Before it cools down too much, ladle yourself a mug full and enjoy yourself some of this delicious, homemade vegetable mineral broth.

hand holding ivory mug with veggie broth

Store refrigerated up to 7 days; tightly covered, or may be frozen up to 4 months. May freeze in quart sized jars (see detailed instructions on freezing in glass in my Beef Bone Broth recipe). 

Why Do You Have to Cool Broth Before Freezing?

Be sure to allow to cool completely before freezing, why? Because warm foods produce moisture, moisture produces condensation and condensation frost; frost = FREEZER BURN, EW!

For easier freezer storage, pour cooled broth into gallon sized baggies, squeeze air out and freeze flat. Thaw in fridge overnight; sip it, use it in soups & stews or anywhere vegetable broth is called for in a recipe.

small mug of veggie broth on striped tea towel, sitting on table

Looks like a nice rich cup of tea, the color of the broth will vary depending on your veggies, especially your sweet potatoes and yams, as long as you have plenty of flavor from the broth, it will have all of the benefits!

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Homemade Vegetable Mineral Broth

Author: Kathleen Pope
4.09 from 12 votes
Delicious, nutritious, immune-boosting, gut-healing vitamin and mineral rich vegetable broth! Perfect to sip, use in soups, stews or anywhere you use veggie broth.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine American
Servings 8 qts
Calories 54 kcal


  • 6 unpeeled carrots, washed and cut into chunks
  • 2 unpeeled yellow onions, washed and cut into quarters
  • 1 red onion, washed and cut into quarters
  • 1 leek, white and green parts, washed well and cut into chunks
  • 1 bunch celery, including heart and leaves, was he and cut into chunks
  • 4 unpeeled red potatoes, washed and quartered
  • 2 unpeeled Japanese or regular sweet potatoes, washed, quartered
  • 1 unpeeled garnet yam, washed and quartered (darker colored yams)
  • 5 cloves garlic, smooshed or halved, with skins
  • ½ bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, rough chopped
  • 1 8- inch strip of Kombu, I used Organic Pacific Kombu
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 4 whole allspice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 quarts cold, filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Sea Salt to taste


  • Wash all vegetables well, including the kombu – do not peel. In a 12 quart or larger stockpot or soup pot, toss in carrots, onions, leek, celery, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yam, garlic, parsley, comb, peppercorns, allspice, sea salt, and bay leaves. Add water to the pot within about 1-2 inches from the top. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to simmer, remove lid, and simmer for 2-4 hours, preferably 4 hours. As it simmers some of the water will evaporate, if the veggies start showing, add a bit more water. Simmer until you can taste the richness of the veggies in the broth.
  • Pour the broth through a strainer, make sure you have a pot or bowl beneath to catch all the broth. Cool completely, then store in quart size son jars or gallon sized freezer bags. Will keep in fridge 5-7 days or frozen up to 4 months.
  • If freezing in glass, COOL COMPLETELY! Fill only to shoulders of jar, leave lid off or loose and leave space between jars until frozen, or wrap a tea towel in between jars to cushion. If freezing in gallon sized baggie, fill and remove as much air as possible, freeze laying flat in freezer. Consume within about 4 months, thaw in refrigerator and use in soups, stews and anywhere else you would use a veggie broth, but mostly warm up a cup and enjoy!

✱ Kathleen’s Tips

Adapted from Magic Mineral Broth by Rebecca Katz.


Serving: 1 cup Calories: 54 kcal Carbohydrates: 12 g Protein: 1 g Sodium: 109 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 2 g

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  1. I have cancer. I wasn’t able to eat any foods for almost a year. I had to live on a nutrition drink. I couldn’t get enough nutrition and I had food aversions. I couldn’t stand the smell or look of most foods. After I started drinking the broth for 16 days,I was able to start eating again. I still can’t eat everything. But I can eat a lot more variety now. And some of my food aversions are gone. I recently added nuts to my diet. I have a lot of inflammation in my system and it has damaged my liver. It can recover if I can get the inflammation down. I had colon cancer and it’s gone. But now I have another different cancer in my blood. I’ve just finished the treatment for it and am waiting to see if it worked.

      1. I was praying that I could find something to eat. This recipe is an answer to my prayers. It is healing. My Dr said to learn to drink it without salt. The cancer makes me retain fluids. So I’m drinking it with very little salt. Thank you for your prayers. I’ve come a long ways in the past 3 years. I tell everyone about this broth in case they know someone who can’t eat. I feel so blessed.

  2. You might want to edit your ingredient list-I think it’s supposed to be cloves of garlic. If someone used cloves instead that would definitely change the outcome!