And all you need is some scraps from the kitchen. It’s so easy and cheap to make. Just throw your vegetable scraps into a bag in the freezer until you have enough for a batch of broth. Then freeze broth in small portions for making the best soups and sauces EVER! No more buying broth at the grocery store.
There are no rules to what you can or cannot use. I basically use it all. I know that people say not to use cruciferous veggies (like cauliflower, broccoli, and kale), but I throw in little bits all of the time, and my broth tastes amazing. Of course, I balance it out with lots of sweeter vegetables like carrots and sweet potato scraps for a nice flavor.
NOTE: Be sure to use only clean vegetables and scraps. Dirty, gritty broth is no good. And please use your common sense. If it’s moldy, you probably don’t want it in your broth
WHAT I USE IN MY VEGETABLE BROTH:
- any veggies that may have gotten a bit sad and wilty in the fridge
- carrot peels and small ends
- sweet potato peels and small ends
- celery ends and leaves
- onion and shallot skins
- green onion or leek ends
- mushroom stems
- small amounts of broccoli stems or kale stems
- slightly wilted greens from fridge
- any other fun vegetable scrapes I may have
The possibilities are endless. And your broth will taste different every time depending on what you put in it. I like to mix it up and add some extras for flavor and to boost nutrients. The recipe below is just a place to start. Feel free to experiment.
THINGS I ADD FOR FLAVOR AND NUTRITIONAL VALUE WITH VEGETABLE SCRAPS:
- fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary, cilantro)- loaded with vitamins and minerals
- garlic – anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial
- ginger -anti-inflammatory and immune boosting
- bay leaf
- shiitake mushrooms – rich flavor, immune boosting, and loaded with vitamins and minerals
- turmeric powder – anti-inflammatory
- 1 carrots, roughly chopped
- 1 ribs of celery, roughly chopped
- 1/2 onion, roughly choppeD
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
- one inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- a few sprigs of thyme or rosemary
- a handful of parsley or cilantro
- salt to taste
- (WHAT EVER I HAVE ON HAND)
Place everything in a large stock pot. Add water to cover by two inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer (covered) for 1 hour.
Turn off heat. Using tongs or slotted spoon, remove solids. Then strain through a mesh sieve.
Store in airtight jar for up to a week. Or freeze in small portions for use later.