Vegtable Stock Makes Itself.
I cook A LOT of vegetables throughout the month. I also use broth and stock in a fair amount of my cooking. The beautiful symbiotic cycle of these two things, is something I love.
When I cook anything that required trimming veggies, I keep a plastic bag in the freezer where those trimmings go to live. Carrot ends, celery hearts, onion and garlic skins, mushroom stems, all get put into my freezer bag. At the end of the month, what I otherwise would have put in the trash, goes into a pot and becomes stock which I I use for the next month to flavor soups, rice, beans, ect.
It’s SO easy, I want to share:
1. Collect all your trimming over the course of a few weeks, stashing them in a plastic bag in the freezer.
2. In a large stock pot, sauté garlic and herbs (I use rosemary and thyme) in olive oil until fragrant.
3. Take your frozen veggie trimmings and put into the pot, stirring to break up anything frozen together.
4. Add enough warm water to cover your veggies by about an inch. Add a bay leaf if you have one. I add a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper at this time.
5. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Put a lid on the pot and let simmer for 1 hour.
6. Strain the stock into another pot through a fine mesh sieve. If you feel there’s a lot of stuff floating in it still, strain it again through cheese cloth. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
7. Wait for the stock to cool and then transfer the stock into individual containers. I use quart mason jars. You can store in the freezer and take it out as you need it.
So much better than throwing all that stuff out!
A few notes:
Good things to use:
Carrots, celery stalk, mushroom stems, garlic ends and skins, onion ends and skin, lemon peels, herb stalks, parsnip. Chili stems.
Mushrooms give a wonderful meaty flavor. Onion and garlic skins give a beautiful gold color.
Not so good vegetables:
Potatoes, leafy greens, broccoli stems.
Leafy greens will give a blackness to your broth and will give it a sour tang. Potatoes will make it cloudy.
Have fun and make delicious things!