- onions, skins (gives your stock a nice dark color)
- carrots, peels, ends and pieces
- broccoli stems, and pieces
- spinach leaves
- fresh parsley
- celery, ends, leaves and pieces
- green beans, ends and pieces
- tomato pieces
- mushrooms, stems and pieces
- garlic cloves
- chicken pieces and bones (optional)
- beef, pieces and bones(optional)
- Herbs and Spice Suggestions:
- 1 large bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons peppercorns
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 2 teaspoons basil
- 2 teaspoons dill
Saving all the odds and ends in the freezer while doing your daily cooking will give you an endless supply of stocks to cook with. You will not waste even those parts of the vegetables or meat that you paid for (usually by the pound), and will never again need to buy canned stocks. This will save you money and allows you to control the contents of your stocks. All the vegetables I have listed in the ingredients list are just ideas of things to save in your bag. You do not need each and every one of them to make a stock. Everything is optional. When you peel carrots or anything else, wash them first. It is rather difficult to wash peelings. I do not recommend strong flavored herbs like cilantro or vegetables that could color your stock strangely like beets.
onions, skins (gives your stock a nice dark color)
carrots, peels, ends and pieces
broccoli stems, and pieces
celery, ends, leaves and pieces
green beans, ends and pieces
mushrooms, stems and pieces
chicken pieces and bones (optional)
beef, pieces and bones(optional)
Herbs and Spice Suggestions:
1 large bay leaf
2 tablespoons peppercorns
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons basil
2 teaspoons dill
1. Save a gallon freezer bag in your freezer.
2. Wash all stock ingredients well before peeling.
3. As you use your vegetables, chicken, or beef, save the peels, ends, leaves, skins, wing tips etc and place them in separate bags in your freezer. Keep a vegetable bag, a chicken bag and a beef bag. Your vegetable bag will fill the fastest and beef the slowest.
4. Once you have a full bag of mixed vegetables, place them all in a large stockpot or a crock pot.
5. Pour the water over your ingredients and add the bay leaf, peppercorns and any other herb or spice that you desire.
6. If you don't have much garlic or parsley in your freezer bag, then add more if desired. If you have too much, it is not necessary to use it all. Just use what you desire for the flavor you wish to achieve.
7. If making meat stock, add meat pieces and bones to the vegetables.
8. If using a stockpot, bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours until vegetables are very soft.
9. If using a crock pot, cover and cook on low overnight or for 6 to 8 hours.
10. Strain stock through a colander to remove vegetables and herbs.
11. Strain stock again through doubled layers of cheesecloth to remove all other small particles if desired.
12. Stock can be reduced even further if desired or place in quart freezer bags, date and note the contents.
13. Stock can be kept up to 6 months in your freezer.
14. For Vegetarian and Vegan omit the beef and chicken.