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Garbage Soup

I found this in a crock-pot cooking community I'm part of. - http://community.livejournal.com/what_a_crock

" A lot of my crockpot recipes call for broth of some kind. Well, you can buy it of course, but it's not always cheap and seems to be loaded up with salt and stuff. And most of the time I seem to use only part of the can and then end up tossing the rest because I put it in the fridge and then forget about it. So I make what I call "garbage soup" and use that instead.

Okay, whenever I'm using veggies, I wash them before peeling, chopping, etc. and then save all the stuff that you would normally toss down the garbage disposal - onion skins, potato peelings, carrot peels and tops, limp celery, parsley that's not too happy, you get the idea. I keep a 1 or 2 gallon zip-top bag in the freezer and just add to it. If you don't want vegetarian broth, you can also toss in chicken bones as well. When the bag is full, I dump it into a pot, cover with water, add a bit of salt, some pepper, whatever herbs I might have handy and cook for an hour or so. Sometimes I do this in the crockpot, actually, but most of the time it's easier to do it on the stove. When it's done, I strain it and then pour it into ice cube trays and small containers and freeze. Then when I'm making a crock pot recipe that calls for broth, in this goes instead. Actually, I often use this when the recipe calls for water - it gives an added bit of flavor to the dish."

I thought it was an excellent idea and started this afternoon with the undesirable bits from the veggies I used to make Belly Button Soup.

I'll let you all know how it turns out in a couple of weeks when I make it into homemade stock. :) mmmmm

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coopers_mom
Mar. 31st, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
I totally need to start doign this.

I did make my own chicken broth recently (in the crock) and was amazed at how easy it was and how yummy, and most of all, how "natural" it was.

Now i need to collect my veggie garbage!
caramia
Mar. 31st, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
What a good idea, my compost bin usually gets all those bits, looks like it will have to wait its turn. Thanks for the great idea and I look forward to hearing how your stock turns out!
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