Meatless (Earth Day) Monday: Recycled Veggie Stock

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Happy Earth Day!

I flew home from Nashville last night, where I was celebrating one of my best friends from high school for her bachelorette weekend, just in time to shop and prep for an Earth Day themed segment on CBS Live From the Couch this morning.

Iโ€™ll be posting the link to my press page later today (after I recover from the 5am wake-up, and weekend of fried chicken). But I wanted to share with you one of my favorite green tips/recipes that I chatted about on the show.

Like many people, Iโ€™m always trying to live a greener life. But when it comes to daily waste, especially in New York City with an absence of compost bins and backyard gardens, a lot of it comes from my kitchen. There are easy ways to change your cooking habits to make the most of the ingredients you buy, and help keep needless trash to a minimum. And I try to follow my own rules about 50 percent of the time. (It’s tough!).

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Since much of our food waste comes from the prepping process, this recipe for recycled veggie stock is a great way to reduce your garbage pile. Every part of the vegetable contains flavor, even if they arenโ€™t pleasant to munch on as-is. My trick is to use two garbage bowls when prepping โ€“ one for non-edible scraps, and the other for various parts of my veggies. At the end of cooking, Iโ€™ll add those scraps to a ziplock bag and store them in my freezer. Every time I cook, I add to the same bag. When I’m catering (as you can see above/below), that one bag often becomes three.

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One day a month, Iโ€™ll make a big batch of stock using the contents. The garlic and onion skins, thyme and basil stems, tops and bottoms of zucchini โ€“ the list goes on โ€“ all add so much flavor to the broth. I save money that I would have ordinarily spent on store-bought stock, and help keep the planet a greener place by allowing my waste to dissolve in a pot of simmering water instead of a trash bag on the street.

There you have it. What are some of your favorite ways to reduce waste in the kitchen and live a greener life? Please share them in the comments!

Xo
Phoebe

Recipes

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Recycled Veggie Stock

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours

Yield: 1 quart

Recycled Veggie Stock

Garlic and onion skins, thyme and basil stems, tops and bottoms of zucchini โ€“ the list goes on โ€“ all add so much flavor to the broth. You save money that you would have ordinarily spent on store-bought stock, and help keep the planet a greener place by allow your waste to dissolve in a pot of simmering water instead of a trash bag on the street.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups veggie and herb scraps (carrot peelings, onion and garlic skins, celery leaves, fennel fronds, tops and bottoms of zucchini, herb stems)
  • 8 cups water
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the veggie scraps, bay leaves, peppercorns, and water in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 2 to 6 hours, until deeply colored and flavorful. Set a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl. Pour the stock through the sieve. Discard or compost remaining solids (many will have dissolved). Store the stock in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer until the next time you make soup.
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8 Responses to Meatless (Earth Day) Monday: Recycled Veggie Stock

  1. Jessica says:

    Can the same be done with juicing scraps? My husband and I juice a lot and have all these scraps left over – when I have time, I make muffins and breads for extra fiber. Just wondering if these scraps can be used for stock even though they’ve been pressed and juiced. Thanks!

  2. Jessica says:

    Sorry – I meant the pulp from juicing- not scraps!

    • hmmm – I don’t see why not?? Fruits might be weird in a stock. And I’m not sure what kind of juicer you use. I think the industrial grade cold pressed juices extract nearly all the liquid from the veggies. But I’m sure they’d add some flavor – if not a good amount – to whatever it is you are making! I’d make sure to add the usual aromatics – garlic/onion – in addition. xo

  3. Frankie says:

    I like to save leftover meat or chicken bones in the freezer for when I do stock. Now I know I should add the veggie leftovers too! It should make the stock even better. I had no idea that garlic and onion skins had flavor. Thanks, Phoebe!

  4. I need to start doing this. I could probably save so much money and feel like I got more use out of my veg remains.

  5. Richard Kernochan says:

    Never realized onion and garlic skins had flavor. Have to try this.

  6. Pingback: Eco Friendly Tip : How To Make Broth From Your Kitchen Scraps | Veggie Pawa!

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