Homemade Veggie Broth
This is by far one of my favorite money-saving tips because it uses stuff that I’ve already bought that I was planning to throw away otherwise. Plus, it’s super easy!
Collect veg matter.
Again, this is the stuff you were planning to throw away: the ends, tips, leaves, and peels of carrots and celery, the slightly wilted outer leaves of greens, the stems of broccoli and cauliflower, the rest of that whole bunch of parsley that you bought for a recipe that called for only one tablespoon and you know you can’t use the rest before it goes bad, etc. Maybe also throw in a couple of cloves of garlic that are starting to sprout. If you know you won’t be making broth right away, you can keep a Ziploc bag in the freezer for this stuff.
WASH your veg matter well. Then put it all in a huge stock pot and cover with plenty of water. Alternately, you can throw it all in the Crock Pot on low all afternoon.
Put it on the stove, and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you have a nice, golden broth.
Let it cool for a little bit and then CAREFULLY (ie: SLOWLY) strain it through colander into a large bowl. Mmmm…look at this wonderful broth:
What I like to do next is to ladle it into a measuring cup and pour 2 cups each into Ziploc bags or Tupperware containers to freeze for later.
Now I’m ready to make really good soup or risotto or stuffing. You can always cook rice or quinoa in broth for extra flavor. The possibilities are endless.
Not only did you just spare yourself $3-$4 a quart, but you also have much healthier broth than what you can buy at the store. Since it’s fresh, it’s packed with great vitamins, plus it’s sodium free! If you’re like me, and you love sodium, you can always add salt or Braggs Liquid Aminos to taste later (along with any other seasonings like dried herbs or nutritional yeast), but it’s good to know that you’re not getting any more sodium than you want/need.
WHAT NOT TO DO: Please do not drop your iPhone into that giant bowl of hot broth while trying to take a photo for your blog. It turns out that that actually defeats the whole money-saving purpose of making your own broth.