Its getting into the season of soups, stews and beans. Some of my favorite food groups! With a great garden harvest this year, and a couple trips to local pumpkin patches, I have had a lot of veggie scraps and leftovers so I decided to make my own veggie broth for our family. We are a household of crock pot lovers, so we tend to use A LOT of veggie broth, and it can get pretty pricey when you get the organic kind, so I took a few days the other week and made batches of veggie broth. It is super easy and you will be happy with the results!
Step 1. Collect veggies for your broth. I used all the extra celery, Swiss chard, carrots, etc. from the garden. I also use the leftover scraps of dinner veggies like; brussel sprouts, cauliflower, onions, garlic, etc. This is the one time the chickens and ducks do not get the yummy scraps.
Step 2. Place all the veggies in your crock pot and fill up with water. I usually get around 4-5 cups of water actually in the crock pot once full of veggies.
Step 3. Set the crock pot on low and let it cook. I like a nice long cook for about 12-15 hours, so overnight is the easiest.
Step 4. Drain the veggies with a sieve or colander.
Step 5. Store. I like to store in freezer bags, doubled up, in the deep freezer. Don’t forget to label and date the bag!
Step 6. Enjoy in some delicious dishes!
*Tip – When defrosting the veggie broth, place the bag in a bowl do it doesn’t leave your counter full of water.