Simply Healthy Family: How to Make Vegetable Stock from Freezer Scraps #theRecipeRedux

21.9.15

How to Make Vegetable Stock from Freezer Scraps #theRecipeRedux



If you've ever bought a box of vegetable stock at the grocery store only to be sorely disappointed in it's taste you're not alone. Isn't it supposed to taste like, well vegetables? You won't believe how simple and frugal making your own vegetable stock really is. Using all of your favorite vegetables that you purchase every week and by saving the odds and ends you have the most flavorful and healthy vegetable stock right at your fingertips. 






This month at Recipe Redux we are sharing our favorite freezer meals. Only one thing popped into my mind (ok fine, breakfast burritos were floating around in there too), home made vegetable broth. It's like liquid gold to me. It comes in handy when making home made soups more flavorful and healthy and adds a punch of flavor to rice and lentils.






It doesn't take very long at all for me to come up with a huge bag or two of vegetable scraps in which to make a good quality stock from. The tops of carrots and bell peppers, the bottom ends and leafy tops from a stalk of celery and trimmings from purple and green onions. They all get thrown into a big freezer bag until ready to be thrown into the stock pot and simmered down into an aromatic concoction of flavors.



The next time you're plucking the stems off of mushrooms, throw them into your vegetable trimmings bag in the freezer. Do you use leeks or shallots occasionally? Throw the trimmings into your bag instead of the trash! Zucchini tips, Acorn squash peelings? Yup, toss em into the bag baby!


A word of warning! Stay away from adding anything from the cabbage family to your goodie bag. Cabbage as well as Brussels sprouts, kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus are to strong of flavors and will make your broth taste bitter.







Add some fresh herbs! A handful of fresh parsley, no need to chop a small bit of rosemary and a few sprigs of thyme. All of these will add depth and incredible flavor to your home made vegetable broth! Don't forget the garlic! I for one can't get enough but if you're a newbie start with 4-6 cloves of garlic. Using the back of a butchers knife, carefully press each clove on a cutting board. No need to peel, toss it all into the pot!


Last but not least, DON'T ADD ANY SALT!!!!!


Phewww, that was close!!



Never add salt to broth. This is to be your base, your starting point for any recipe you want to create in the future. Salt should almost always be added in moderation at the very END of cooking.






So, what do you do with this glorious vegetable stock you've created?


I add it to most all of my soups during the colder months. Think Potato Leek Soup, Potato, Blu Cheese and Broccoli Soup, Sopa de Almejas, Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup {YUM}, Chunky Cheddar Cheese Broccoli Soup and Harvest Turkey Soup with Jamaican Spices. Home made vegetable broth just makes everything taste better!





Make a huge stock pot of this vegetable broth and then freeze it in Mason Jars for future use!







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20 comments:

  1. I'm always tucking away all my vegetable scraps in the freezer. Great tips for what not to use in stock.

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  2. all these years, I simply throw my scraps away, never again! thanks for the great tip

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  3. Oh this is such a smart idea! Definitely need to straight freezing mine :)

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  4. this is such a great idea...i feel bad throwing away peels and its good to know all these tips. thanks a lot.

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  5. Love this idea and not hard to do! Thank you for the tips!

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  6. Vegetable broth is a given in my household. Love it.

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  7. Brilliant. This is just the kind of thing I would try to do!

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  8. I can't believe I don't do this already! So easy. I'm going to start saving scraps tomorrow.

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  9. What a great idea! I need to do this soon!

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  10. I compost my scraps but I need to save some for stock! Thanks for the reminder, Gwen!

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  11. Great ideas. Thanks, Gwen!

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  12. This sounds really good, I will have to try it!

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  13. This is a fabulous idea. I really need to remember to freeze my scraps.

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  14. I make bone broth on a pretty regular basis but I've yet to make vegetable broth! I definitely need to start saving my scraps!

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    1. We love bone broth, so healthy!

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  15. Great tutorial! It's always so nice having homemade broth on hand!

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  16. What a great tip! :) I dont often make broth from trimmings but I should :) I wind up using fresh veggies and putting those veggies into another dish once I've used them to make broth ....

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  17. I do this all the time - love it!

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