|Vegetable Refuse (top left), Vegetable Stock (bottom left), Chicken Marsala (right)|
This post could also be entitled Graduate School Soup or How Not To Waste Your Vegetables.
Not wasting food is something that is generally important to me. But I'm just one person and there are a lot of things that I have to buy in greater bulk than I can eat it (especially because, one of the nice things about graduate school, is that most events have lots of food). So, how does one solve this problem? I find that vegetables are especially tricky because they go bad so fast.
I found my inspiration for making this vegetable broth from Oh My Veggie and Poor Girl Eats Well.
Freezer Bag Vegetable Stock
- In the weeks before you make the soup, keep a large plastic ziplock in your freezer. When you have vegetable scraps put them in there.
- Please note: you want your vegetables scraps to be edible (i.e. not rotting and washed), and to not include things in the cabbage family which will make your broth very bitter. You can put in things like herbs, but they will change the flavor of your broth, so keep that in mind. I suggest things like green onion ends, carrots that have dried out, etc.
- You want to make your stock when you have about 12 cups of vegetables in the freezer.
- On the day you make your soup, put two tablespoons of olive oil into a broth pot and heat on medium heat.
- Chop about half a sweet onion, and sautee it in the bottom of the broth pot.
- When the onion is aromatic and soft, add the 12 cups of vegetables and 12 cups of water.
- I then simmered the broth for about 3 hours until it became medium brown and stock-like.
- If you want to make broth, you can season your stock now with salt, pepper, and whatever other herbs you like. However, you don't need to season it if you want stock.
- When the stock is done, strain it into a bowl.
- Ta da! You have your very own stock.
I made a wonderful mushroom risotto with my stock. According to Egnatius, it was the best risotto I've ever made (although part of that may have been that we were gifted some wonderful shitake mushrooms). We ate it so fast that I didn't even take a picture.