Homemade Vegetable Stock
It is a typical scene. You are chopping vegetables while you are preparing dinner. You have scraps from the onion, carrots, celery, and potatoes everywhere. You may or may not wonder what to do with the scraps. You may instinctively throw the scraps into the trash or maybe into a bag for the compost pile.
But there’s another option for those veggie scraps — make a delicious and nutritious vegetable stock!
It is so incredibly easy and rewarding to make something so good out of what is otherwise thrown away.
Let’s get started.
How to Make Vegetable Stock
Grab a gallon-sized freezer bag and label it “Veggie Scraps” or whatever you want to call it. Go ahead and stick it in your freezer so that it is ready for you.
Mentally prepare yourself to not throw away your veggie scraps. It is probably such a habit that you might throw away your scraps without even thinking about it.
Whenever you are chopping vegetables for dinner save all your scraps and put them in the “Veggie Scraps” bag in the freezer. You can save carrot tops and peelings, celery parts and leaves, potato peelings, onion leftovers, etc. You can save just about anything except for vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower. Those type of vegetables do not do well in a stock because the flavor becomes way too strong. The beauty of making your own vegetable stock is that it will always be changing because of what scraps you have saved.
Save the scraps until the gallon sized bag is full of scraps. You can keep adding to it every time you produce scraps and the freezer will keep it all fresh for you.
When the bag is full take it out of the freezer to thaw in the morning or overnight depending on when you want to make the stock.
When the scraps are thawed dump them all into a large crock pot and fill the crock pot to the top with fresh water.
Cook all night or all day on low. Your vegetable stock is done after a good 10-12 hours of cooking.
Use a slotted spoon or a colander to drain out all the scraps. Now is the time to either throw them away or throw them into the compost pile.
Let the stock to cool completely.
Measure out the stock in 2 cup increments into quart size freezer bags.
Label properly and stick in the freezer.
How to Use Your Vegetable Stock
You can use vegetable stock in many ways. Here are a few popular examples:
- Cook your rice in it for extra nutrition and flavor
- Casseroles if you don’t want to use chicken stock
- Any recipe that calls for vegetable stock