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 pot...it 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.