Saving Scraps for Homemade Vegetable Broth

We are on a journey to less waste, and always looking for ways to minimize and sustain our lives. One thing we have started to really get into id making homemade vegetable broth from cooking scraps.

My favorite part of making this broth is that the ratio of flavor is always different. Sometimes we end up with a savory broth from the onion and garlic, or a sweeter broth if we’d had beets. I’ll also make homemade sriracha style sauces and throw pepper scraps in for a delightfully spicy broth.

One thing I also love is adding the stems from Hamama micro-greens into the mix. I love having the extra boost of green goodness and gives me something fun to do after each harvest of micro-greens.

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Micro-green stems are great for soup!

The process is very simple and time friendly. All we do is keep a sealable bin in our fridge specifically for saving scraps. We just throw in ant scraps that are leftover from cooking throughout the week. Once your scrap bin is starting to overflow, it’s time to make the broth!

Making Vegetable Broth from Soup Scraps:

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable Scraps
  • 4 Cups water (or enough to cover all of the scraps completely)

Step 1- Boil the scraps for at least an hour. You can add in some additional spices now if you wish, but I like to wait until I’ve got the broth cooking into a soup so I have a better plan of how to spice it up.

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Scraps in the soup pot!

Step 2- Once the broth is boiled, remove it from the heat and strain into a mason jar.

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Strain the scraps from the broth

Step 3- Allow the broth to cool before closing the jar, then store in your fridge until it’s soup-making time!

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The finished product! A delicious vegetable broth made entirely from scraps!

Use your vegetable broth as a base for soup recipes, or as a savory marinade. If you prefer, you can even add miso or bouillon to the mix for additional flavor.

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