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Vegetable Stock/Bullion

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How to make homemade stock or bullion from kitchen scraps and leftovers. A truly GREEN idea!
 
 
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Step 1: Don't buy any special ingredients!

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In order for this to be a green recipe, you must limit yourself to using kitchen scraps.

Start collecting the odds and ends of vegetables the next time you are preparing a meal. When you make salad, pasta sauce or any dish at all keep scraps such as the stems or ends of fresh herbs, carrots, zucchini, squash, celery, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, ANYTHING.

As you collect the veggie scraps save them in the freezer in zipped freezer bags until you have 2-4 bags totally full. Now you are ready to make the stock!

I generally don't cook meat so this is a vegetarian recipe but you could certainly include poultry, sausage, pork, beef, whatever kitchen scraps you think would make a tasty boulion. Bones from ham or roasts are commonly used to make stocks and bullion.

Step 2: Add some spice!

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I like to use whole black pepper corns and whole cloves of garlic. Fresh or dried herbs of any kind would be nice. Make it suit your taste and your cooking style. Other than the garlic and pepper, I like my stock pretty plain so that I can use it for a large variety of recipes.

Step 3: Boil it

Add enough water to just cover the veggies. Bring the whole thing to a rolling boil then reduce heat to a nice simmer. Now you wait. Keep the heat low so that it doesn't boil over. You can stir it or just leave it alone. You know it's done when the veggies are mushy and the liquid is reduced by about half. Remove the pot from heat and let it cool enough to handle.
diestraysiniestra made it!4 months ago

I've done it! I used it to make a richer chicken broth and it worked wonders. Such a great way to use veggie scraps!

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This is Marvelous! I've always saved the odds & ends of veggies & herbs in a large container for the chickens. I've never thought of using them myself to make a vegetable stock. Thank you for posting this wonderful idea.
adamthiede1 year ago
That's great! Thanks; I can't go out tonight and this is a meal-saver!
Can the same be done with meaty substances?
From the original Instructible:

"I generally don't cook meat so this is a vegetarian recipe but you could certainly include poultry, sausage, pork, beef, whatever kitchen scraps you think would make a tasty boulion. Bones from ham or roasts are commonly used to make stocks and bullion."
Thanks for this! I just started saving some scraps today. This is also useful for produce that's about to go bad if you don't do something with it quick! :D
Good point.
Brilliant!  I'm so happy that you shared it!
AstralQueen4 years ago
I love the star pattern on the colander!
Joe Martin4 years ago
Brill! I've been saving veggies for the last month or so, I'll be doing this very soon. Thanks! 5*
traynor695 years ago
Great instructable! I dehydrate my veggies from my garden and puree them in a coffee grinder, and add them to my stock. Makes it even better!
cristen5 years ago
Wow! how informative. Great job!
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