I love eating veggies of different kinds and colors and would always feel guilty throwing off the odds and ends (scrapes) of veggies like carrot peel, green leaves of the cauliflower, onion skins, garlic peel especially when its organic!!
I thought of making compost in my backyard, but tough luck I don’t have the “green thumb” for gardening Then came the novel idea of making my own vegetable stock – voila it worked!! It’s very easy to make your own stock – you just need a little bit of planning…that’s all.
First Step – Save and collect all the veggie scraps in an airtight container or a ziplock bag and keep it in the fridge (not more than a week) until you have about at least 2 cups of veggie scrapes.
Second Step – Take the collected veggie scraps in a saucepot and fill it with water. Fill the pot about 2/3rds of the way with water and bring to a boil.
Third Step – Reduce to a simmer and let cook for about 30 – 35 mins for a deeper flavor. 20 -25 mins for milder flavor. Turn off the stove and let it sit for a while until it cools.
Fourth Step – Strain the stock in a container you want to store. Preferably use a glass container as it keeps the stock fresh and longer in the fridge. Use this nutritious stock within a week.
Now you have your own homemade stock ready!
Veggie Scrapes that work best – onion skin, garlic skin, ginger peel, carrot peel, odd ends of beans, green leaves of cauliflower, odd ends of zucchini, red, green, yellow pepper seeds, cilantro stems, parsley stems
Veggie Scrapes to avoid – potato skin, cabbage skin, brussels sprouts, broccoli, turnips, rutabagas. They will tend to overpower the stock flavor-wise
One simple rule to remember with vegetable stock is to make sure you are only using the veggie scrapes from the veggies you are using in the dish. Or else it can throw off the dish with its overpowering flavor from a different veggie.
Once you start using your own homemade vegetable stock I guarantee, you will never like the store bought one. This simple homemade stock will take your soups, thin sauces and curries to a whole new level of taste and you will be Amazed!!
Collect your veggie scrapes and get ready to make your own stock!!