Integrative health and nutrition coach

Vegetable stock

Have you made a vegetable stock before?

We have soups in our house a couple of times a week.

Soups are a great way way to get nutrients into yourself and a growing family.

Soups can be made using water or stocks and stocks are a fantastic opportunity to boost flavour and nutrients.

How do you choose a stock?

I have in the past used dry stock powders and prepackaged box stocks.

I really like to make my own now-primarily because I know exactly what is in them, and I love using vegetables and bones from my fridge in a thoughtful manner.

A vegetable stock is easy to make, stores well in the fridge and freezer and is varied as what you have on hand in the fridge that day.

So have a look in the fridge and see what’s in there.

Get a large pot and start filling it with goodies....a few chopped carrots, a stick or two of celery, a mushroom and maybe a sliced leek or onion.

Add in a knob of ginger and a bulb of garlic, a bit of turmeric and maybe the good side of a capsicum or courgette.

A lone spud, half a kumera or parsnip or wedge of pumpkin can go in too.

Sprinkle in some sea salt and black pepper, maybe a curl of wakame.
Wander to the garden and grab some parsley, thyme, rosemary and bay leaves.

Fill the pot to the top with water and bring to a simmer, pop the lid on and simmer for 1 hour.

Drain the vegetables and pour the stock into mason jars for the fridge. Once cool you can decant some into bags for the freezer.Use within 3 months if frozen.

I sort through the remains of the vegetables and grab some to mash up for a tasty baby/toddler treat and give anything that is safe to eat to the puppies and the rest goes to the worm farm.

The best part is having a cup of this beautiful stock to drink warm from the is truly delicious.

I have a bag in my fridge for these vegetables and pop the bits in there as the week goes, so when its time, I just grab it out and pop everything in the pot.

I don’t use anything manky , I want good nutrients , not bacteria.

You can also pop that bag in the freezer if you know you won’t have time that week to use them and use it when able.


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