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Pot Liquor aka Pot Likker aka Potlikker

Posted Aug 25 2010 7:07am

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One of the nice things about cooking up a mess of greens is the resulting liquid left in the pot. Known as Pot Liquor, aka Pot Likker or Potlikker, this savory vegetable broth is full of vitamins and minerals from the greens that have been cooking in it. It’s high in iron, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Some people just discard it and dump it down the drain which I think is horrible because it tastes great and can be used for many different purposes.

First, I love drinking it hot out of the pot. It’s a warm and comforting light soup. Down South, many people sip it like tea alongside their meals. I have to say that it does make a nice tea. I save whatever liquid is left from cooking greens and refrigerate it. There have been a few times when I’ve wanted a warm yet light healthy beverage when I’ve heated up a cup of it and drank it like that. It hits the spot.

Secondly, its great for use as a vegetable broth or in place of chicken broth in recipes. It adds a deep savory flavor to dishes. Want a quick and hearty soup? Put some cooked chopped veggies in a bowl, add some cooked beans, pour in some pot likker, heat and serve. Better than anything that would ever come out of a can.

Of course, down South, their tradition is to eat it with cornbread or cornmeal dumplings, both of which are not allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I’ll have to try it with some SCD bread or muffins some time and see how they work together. Right now, I’m loving it with my beans and greens.

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