Why spend money on veggie broth when it is such a simple recipe to do at home. Not only will this save you money but it will reduce your food waste and environmental impact.
Simply place a large bag into your freezer, and add veggie scraps or expiring veggies. When full cook with some simple spices and viola, homemade veggie broth for free!
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Can you really produce NO waste when it comes to food? The short answer…not really. But we can certainly aspire to be as low waste as possible when it comes to how we buy, prepare and discard our food.
So the term ‘zero’ or ‘NO’ food waste is one that we should not get so hung up on, but rather our focus should be on doing the best that we can to minimize food waste. The idea of zero food waste is also not a new one. Most people are aware of this issue but may not understand their impact on this global problem.
The truth is that while 168 million metric tons of food is being wasted in North America EACH YEAR, 67 million tonnes of that food waste occurs at the consumer level (that’s you!). That means what you do with your food has a major impact on the total amount of food that is being wasted. This, my friend, is great news!
Why is this such great news? Well, that means that any small step you take can have a big impact on change! But what are these small steps? And how hard will it be? Don’t worry, I got you covered! Here are five simple things our family does to reduce our food waste and environmental footprint.
Not so hard now is it! These are small steps but small steps add up to something significant!
First, you will need a big enough reusable freezer bag and space in your freezer. I use an old rice bag but you can use a brown paper bag, reuse a large ziplock or an old clean diaper wet bag (for my cloth diapering mamas)
Now while it may be obvious I’ll mention that is important to not add spoiled produce into the bag! My favorite things to add are the ends and skins from onions, garlic, carrot, celery ends, kale, cabbage and the stems from herbs. All leftover items that would otherwise go into my compost bin.
The best part of making your own stock is that you can tailor it and change the flavors each time you make it. You can add in ginger or lemongrass for a curry stock or a hot pepper and oregano to use for a chili recipe. The options are endless!
To read more about reducing your food waste, check out my guest post over at Earth Mama International. And check them out over on IG too! They have lots of great tips and tricks.
Save money and reduce your food waste with this simple recipe.
There will be no amounts int his recipe because this is a ‘kitchen scrap’ recipe. You will have varying amounts each time depending on how long it takes to fill you bag and what your have been cooking.
Ends of veggies like carrots, celery, cabbage,fennel, zucchini etc..
Any leftover ends or peals from onion and garlic
Stems from herbs or cruciferous veggie
1 bay leaves
1 tsp each of salt and pepper
Optional to add dried oregano, rosemarry, sage, ginger or hot peppers if you want to make this broth specific for a certain recipe.
Large reusable freezer bag. I use an old rice bag.