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How to Make Vegetable Broth from Scraps

Making vegetable broth from scraps at home is not only easy, but cost-effective too. Read on for some simple recipes that you can try at home, instead of stepping out to buy broth each time you need some.
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Tip to make vegetable broth from scraps
Flavors Galore!
Beetroot: gives color
Onions, garlic: add spiciness
Tomatoes: impart acidic flavor
Mushrooms: provide meatiness
Carrots, corn: render sweetness
Celery, broccoli, green beans: bring in earthiness
The need to live frugally strips one off the inessential. It demands some serious cutbacks and reconsiderations to your provisions of food, clothing, and shelter. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going; thus, innovative thinking is your simple answer to living simple. Cutting down on luxury food items and, instead, opting for simpler ingredients will render handsome savings to your grocery budget.

In what follows, we, at Buzzle, have attempted to provide a great solution that can be used for several purposes to improve your culinary outcomes and ease the pressures on your wallet. Vegetable broth is a must-have item in the kitchen pantry. It can be used to make sauces, gravies, and soups. And this isn't an alternative, but an actual frugal ingredient that will save your day.

Vegetables That Can be Used

Onions Carrots
Scallions Garlic
Lettuce Potatoes
Squash Bell peppers
Asparagus Corn cobs
Parsley Cilantro
Celery Leeks
Tomatoes Chard
Broccoli Green beans
Eggplant Mushrooms
Winter squash skins Beet peel
Thyme Oregano

You can choose from the above-mentioned veggies to make your broth. Essentially, whatever vegetable scraps are available at your home can go into your broth.

Vegetable Broth from Scraps

Vegetable broth from scraps

Ingredients
  • Water, 8 cups
  • Vegetable scraps of your choice, 2 to 3 cups
  • Olive oil, 1 tbsp.
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, oregano, etc.)
Cooking time: 45 - 60 minutes

Yields: 6 cups of broth

Method of Preparation

Heat olive oil in a large crock pot.
Fry garlic and onions just for a bit.
Next, add all the vegetables and pour in water so that the vegetables are properly sunk in with about two cups of water as margin.
Cover the pot with a lid, and reduce the heat to minimum.
Let this mixture boil for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Garnish with some salt, pepper, and oregano.
Remove from heat, strain it into a container, throw the solids, and store it in a jar.

Chicken and Vegetable Broth

Chicken and vegetable broth from scraps

*You will need scraps of chicken to make chicken and vegetable broth. Otherwise the ingredients remain the same as above.

Cooking time: 45 - 60 minutes
Yields: 6 cups of broth

Method of Preparation

Heat olive oil in a large crock pot, and fry garlic and onion.
Next, add all the chicken, and cook it till it turns light pink.
Add the remaining scraps of vegetables, and mix them well with the chicken.
Pour in water so that the meat and vegetable mixture is properly covered with about two cups of water as margin.
Cover the utensil lid, and bring the heat on minimum.
Let this mixture boil for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Add salt and pepper as per taste.
Remove from heat, strain it into a container, throw away the solids, and store the broth made from scrap in a jar.

Tips to Remember

Do wash your vegetable scraps before boiling them for a scrumptious broth.
Check your vegetables for signs of rot, decay, and mold. Trim these off.
Filter your vegetable scraps by your tastes. There isn't a compulsion to use all kinds of scraps. Throw away those that you would not eat otherwise.
Use a crock pot to make the vegetable broth. These utensils are designed to cook food at long hours and can, thus, sustain simmering heat for a few hours too.
Although the stock has its inherent flavoring, you can add to it with your choice of spices and condiments.
Adding mushrooms to your broth will give it a consistency, while beetroot will give it a color. Understand the unique characteristic of every vegetable to concoct the perfect broth.
You can freeze the stock to reuse it at a later time. The easiest way to free vegetable broth is to store it in an ice cube container.

A few simple steps is all that you have to follow to make a delicious vegetable broth. Although vegetable broth is readily available in supermarkets, it is much easier and economical when made at home from scratch. You can add and remove the vegetables mentioned in the above recipes to suit your liking and purpose.
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Published: May 29, 2014
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