When should I use mushroom broth instead of vegetable stock?
When you prefer the mushroom flavor.
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The flavor profile is different. What are you making with the broth/stock?
To add onto this, my question was really meant to be generic. Recipes will usually call for vegetable stock, but you can get flavor boosts by modifying the quantities and adding other flavor profiles.
I like mushroom stock with meaty dishes, I like the deep umami flavor of mushrooms. I think of vegetable stock as a more neutral base. I think mushroom broth can overpower more delicate dishes. at least that is my opinion, so I would think about the other flavors you are using before using one or the other. I hope that give you more insight.
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Vegetable broth has more sweetness than mushroom broth, which as others have mentioned is heavy on the umami, but virtually devoid of sweetness. Mushroom broth can give backbone to a dish that already has a lot of vegetal sweetness.
...though as Phil points out you do sacrifice delicacy.
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