Monday, October 11, 2010

Stock Up!

Mary and Beach, this ones for you!

I learned this little tip from Anika at the cooking class and since then it's become a standard practice in our home. Instead of throwing away the veggie ends, onion and garlic skins, the tomatoe or zucchini that didn't last long enough to get eaten I throw them all into a stock pot in the fridge.  All week long it grows collecting the odds and ends that I would have normally thrown in the trash.  This pot has carrots that went bendy, zucchini that got all pruny, a tomato that had seen better days, cilantro that was done, onion peels, the ends of garlic and garlic paper (there's great nutritional value in the bits and pieces we usually throw away).

At the end of the week pull it out, add enough water to cover all the veggies plus about two inches or more and bring it to a boil on the stove!

It will start smelling amazing right away!  You will know it's ready when the water turns that beautiful broth color and the veggies have all gone soft.

When you are satisfied with your broth, strain and you are ready to go!  Throw away the veggies or compost them.  You just saved yourself money on buying broth at the store, you know exactly what is in your veggie broth and you've given veggies that would have normally been discarded a chance to be useful (it's kind of poetic don't you think)!  Organic doesn't get any better than that!  From here you can store your broth in the fridge for about a week, freeze it or use it now.  Remember if you freeze in glass:  never put something hot in the freezer in glass (it will crack) and leave enough room, several inches for the liquid to expand once frozen.  This one grew up to become a lovely soup that we will be eating on all week.

Happy Cooking!  This is a really effortless practice once you get in the habit of throwing the veggies into the pot instead of the trash.

Have a wonderful week!


E. Charlotte said...

Oh! That's clever! I actually recently composted a bunch of bendy carrots...I should have saved them along with my other odds and ends! Great idea, thanks for sharing!!

Cate Levings said...

Thank you for sharing! This is amazing, I've been throwing away such valuable goodies all this time!

Tammie said...

When I steam Veggies on the stovetop, the water underneath turns veggie color. Do you think if I saved it, I could add it to the water used to make the stock?

Kelley said...

thank you so much for sharing this--I LOVE IT!!!!

Mary said...

Ok.. first of all, you know that I really love just about every post on your blog...second of all, I am not about to say what I am about to say because you said it was for me...but.... THIS IS MY FAVORITE BLOG POST!!! I can't wait to visit and learn more. I am so excited about this vegetable stock.. just don't know. Thank you, Lacy!

Kayla Burns Floyd said...

Sister! You are so clever and handy, just like your blog post. I can't wait to see you in six more wake-ups!!!!