Save your fresh veggie scraps while your cooking by putting them in a closed container in the freezer. Keep adding to it and when you have about 3-4 cups worth you can make your own broth. Tastes amazing and will be oil free, salt free, sugar free but bursting with flavor!
- Use vegetable broth whenever a recipe suggests chicken or beef broth. Or in place of water in a savory dish to give it some extra flavor and added micronutrients!
- Cook grains in it like brown rice or quinoa right in the rice cooker or stovetop.
- Bathe your veggies in it before roasting in place of oil.
- Use a tablespoon or two when sauteeing your onions and garlic in your pan in place of oil for a healthier no refined fat cooking.
- 3-4 cups Veggie Scraps of whatever you have made: Broccoli, asparagus, carrots, onion, onion skin, bell peppers, potato peels, leeks, celery, etc
- 1 tsp of each Dried Herbs. Options: Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Basil, and Peppercorn (bay leaf if you have it)
- 3 small cloves garlic
- 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
- Rinse your scraps well in a strainer.
- Add to large lidded pot with about 3-4 quarts water. (Or Crockpot version*)
- Add your seasoning and garlic and lemon juice.
- Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer with lid on for 30 minutes (the longer the better).
- Scoop out scraps with a slotted spoon or mesh strainer (to compost or discard).
- Pour cooled golden broth into glass containers for storage in freezer to use when needed. (might need to use a funnel)
- Defrost overnight in fridge for next day use.
*Crockpot: do as described above only use your slow cooker and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8.
Pics and tips and store bought alternatives:
Strain out the scraps.
It was such a nice golden color. And my whole kitchen smelled delicious.
I saved and reused some glass jars from things i bought at the store like marinara and pickles.
I kept two jars in the fridge to use in soups and recipes, and to saute with instead of oil. The rest i put in the freezer.
Some store bought healthy options we like are
And we used to use these when we first transitioned to no animal products but they are very high in sodium.