Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Homemade Veggie Broth

I have a habit of keeping vegetable scraps in the freezer. Every once in a while I justify the habit by throwing it all in a pot and making homemade veggie broth. It’s not hard, and it’s a great way to use up all those scraps that don’t make it into your dinners: potato and carrot peelings, the tops and bottoms of onions and celery, the vegetables that I thought I would use but didn’t and they are going to go bad in a day or two. All of that makes its way into the freezer and eventually, the broth. Or as I call it, Mystery Soup. Either way, I made it so I know it’s low in sodium and high in nutrition.

It’s easy to start. Throw that handful of green beans no one put on their plate into a bag or container and put it in the freezer. Add to it when you have scraps from cooking. Soon enough you’ll have enough to cook.

Throw it in a pot with a few cups of water. I added some fresh baby carrots and celery  this time because my Mystery Soup bags tend to be heavy on the onion.

I don’t season the broth because there is no telling what I will use it for: to make soup, to flavor mashed potatoes, to cook rice, for the liquid in homemade bread, or as a low-fat medium for sautéing chicken and vegetables.

Bring to a boil, turn down the heat until its just simmering, cover and let it do its thing.

Once the veggies are mushy and look like all the goodness has been cooked out of them, drain them over a bowl.

(Ignore the flour in the corner of that photo; I was making bread while the broth simmered.)  Dispose of the cooked vegetable scraps, and think of ways to use your homemade broth!

I used this batch to make salmon chowder.


Kelly said...

I will definitely have to try this out. Probably a lot better for you than the stuff you buy at the store!

liz at imsheddingthefatsuit.blogspot.com said...

i think it might be! plus it gives me something to do with the scraps that i would throw away, so i feel all 'green' and virtuous and stuff :)