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Friday, November 20, 2009

Frugal Friday: Basic Veggie Stock

A few years ago my husband wanted to make dinner for me. He got out cookbooks and much to my surprise did things that neither my mother or I had ever done.....Bravo, Pumpkin. One of the things he did was make his own stock....I had never even thought of this, but it is the most delicious stock ever.

Basic Veggie Stock (tweaked, of course)
from Deborah Madison's cookbook: Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

a splash of oil, veggie or olive
1 large onion
2 carrots, in chunks
Various stumps and debris like broccoli and asparagus bits that were frozen until such time as we need broth
2 bay leaves (we use fresh off the tree)
thyme (again, fresh
4 garlic cloves, smashed
any other random herbs you are growing that would be appropriate for stock
1 Tablespoon of nutritional yeast if you want it or even have it

Scrub your veggies
Chop them in large pieces
Heat the oil in your soup pot
Add veggies, yeast, garlic, and herbs
Cook on high for 5-10 minutes, stirring
Apparently the more color, the more flavor....look for bright green
Add 2 teaspoons salt
Add two quart of water
Bring to a boil
Simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes
Strain (we eat the carrots and onions, the are yummy debris)
Compost the green stumps

Make soup or rice or whatever OR freeze it for later use (we save some up for winter soup)

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