Hey y’all! Today I wanted to share an awesome tip that my dad taught me. I didn’t come up with this by any means, and I’m sure lots of people do this, but when my dad first told me you could make homemade veggie broth from your kitchen scraps, I just thought it was so neat and clever and resourceful! I had never heard of doing this before. If you do a lot of from-scratch cooking, you probably produce a LOT of vegetable scraps. The unwanted stuff…Peels, cores, ends, stems, etc. You probably either throw these things in the trash or in a compost pile. Composting this stuff is great and gives your plants great nourishment, but you can also give yourself those nutrients by making a veggie broth out of it, and still compost it when you’re done! You’ll never buy vegetable stock again after you realize how easy (and free, kinda) it is to make your own! It really couldn’t be any simpler. As you can see below, mine is mostly onion skins..
Step 1-When you peel an onion or a carrot, or chop the end off of some celery, pull out a gallon freezer bag. Label it “Veggie Scraps” and put all the discarded parts of the vegetables in there! (Don’t put any bad or rotten spots or moldy parts in there..) Close the bag and throw it in the freezer and save this stuff up until you have enough to make a batch of veggie broth!
Step 2 (Optional)-Once your bag is about full, oil a baking pan and spread your scraps out. Roast it in the oven for about an hour. This step is really optional. Roasting the veggie scraps helps bring more flavor out. I’ve tried making broth this way, as well as skipping this step. The difference between the two is pretty minimal, so if I don’t have a lot of time I’ll just skip this step.
Step 3– Put your veggie scraps, roasted or not, into a stock pot OR in your crock pot. Fill the pot with water. There really are no measurements with this! Boil the veggie scraps and water for several hours. I usually either leave a crockpot on low all day, or if I’m using the stove, I’ll leave it covered and boiling on medium/low for about 2 hours. Your house will smell like yummy soup.
Step 4– Use a slotted spoon to remove as much as the big stuff as you can. Discard the scraps or throw it in the compost! Pour the remaining mixture through a strainer and store the broth in a canning jar in the fridge.
Ways to use your broth:
-Use it instead of water to cook rice! I do this one a lot. It adds lots of flavor and nutrients.
-Use it in place of chicken stock in some recipes.
-Use it in place of water in some recipes.
Hope you enjoy this easy recipe for making broth!