Vegetable Stock with Kitchen Scraps
Nothing beats homemade vegetable broth, and this recipe is as easy as it gets! Just start with a gallon-size sealable plastic bag containing the onions, celery and carrots and pop it in the freezer. Over time, add your vegetable scraps to the bag and once it's full, place the contents in a pot, add water and some spices and simmer away. It's a great way to reduce food waste and have delicious homemade broth ready whenever you need it. For the clearest and most flavorful stock, simmer gently--and don't stir.
Note: While most herbs and vegetables work well in stock, some may give it an off or bitter flavor. Avoid cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. Make sure your vegetables pieces are the size of a quartered onion, or smaller, so they have enough time to cook. When adding herbs go light on ones with stronger flavors like rosemary and sage.
To make ahead: Refrigerate cooled stock in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.