I came home sick today with a sore throat.
I should be working on my term paper but I’ve done so freaking much on it today that I have no desire to look at it anymore.
Anyway, all I want is hot tea and soup. Fortunately, I’ve been dying to make vegetable stock with the produce bad Becca and I have been keeping.
So, what’s a produce bag? Basically, vegetable scrap you would otherwise throw away or compost, you put in the bag, freeze, and use for stock. This has vegetable peels, cores, stems, stalks, everything! We have pieces of tomato, celery root, broccoli, parsnip, peppers, onion, garlic…all the good stuff! Since we’ve been keeping this, we’ve both noticed we’ve been throwing out a lot less (and therefore having to take the garbage out less!).
To make the stock, I filled up a mesh reusable grocery bag half full and submersed it in a large pot full of water.
I loved how good this smelled, almost immediately. The broth also turned dark brown, which surprised me. I wish I had swiss cheese because it really reminded me of french onion soup. I would suggest not adding any seasoning until you remove the bag, otherwise half your spices will end up being thrown away with the spent veggies.
Beef Vegetable Soup
–fill a large pot half full with water, boil
-add soup scrap tea bag
-add 1 diced onion, 1 diced potato, 1 diced large garlic clove, 2 stalks chopped celery, 1/4 lb chopped roast beef, 1/2 cup lentils
-allow soup to simmer for 45 minutes-1 hour, or until lentils are soft
-remove soup scrap tea bag
-add desired seasonings (I used salt, pepper, dried mustard, oregano, thyme, and savory)
-simmer 5 more minutes
In the future I would probably use less water because at first the broth seemed a little thin. Adding the lentils certainly helped, though.
While chopping up the meat, I removed the fatty and tough pieces. I saved these and started a separate bag I will start using for meat scraps. I’ll use this once it gets full for a meat stock..can’t wait!
The best part is that I got to replenish the stock bag a little!
Total Price: $1.36
stock bag: free!
1 organic potato: $0.30
1 organic onion: $0.30
1 organic garlic clove: $0.10
2 stalks organic celery: $0.26
1/2 cup organic green lentils: $0.40
1/4 lb roast beef: free! (thanks Mom!)
This made a ridiculous amount of soup. I had 3 bowls tonight, filled my lunch thermos for tomorrow, and have two large tupperwares full.