Do you ever give those veggie scraps a second thought before tossing them in the compost bin?
Food waste has been a real focus for us as a family, me being the main driver, but I now have my daughters telling me what to do when we prepare meals, so I know they’re listening!
Make a Veggie Scrap Stock
I’ve tailored the basic recipe from One Million Woman
This is all about using what you have, I love keeping things simple so no rules really, just time to get creative. We enjoy using celery hearts and leaves, onion skins/ends, corn cobs, leeks, carrot skins. Most vegetables are okay but we usually avoid using cruciferous veg such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts.
Start saving the cut ends, peels and leaves of veggies, sprigs of herbs, wash and place in the freezer in a container until you have approximately 2-3 cups.
3 cups veggie scraps
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
3 herb sprigs (thyme or rosemary work well)
2-3 litres filtered water
Salt to season (this technically makes it a broth!)
Fry onion and garlic in oil (if you’re time poor forget this part and just throw it all in)
Add veg scraps, bay leaves and herb sprigs, cover with filtered water, approx 2L. Pepper corns or coriander seeds can also be a nice addition, season with salt to your liking
Bring to the boil, simmer for 30-60mins
Pour through a fine strainer
Compost the veg scraps. Once cooled store the stock in glass jars in the fridge for up to 3 days if not using straight away. Otherwise place in cube trays and freeze, once frozen, store in a airtight container or bag for 3 months in the freezer until needed.
Grow Your Own Vegetables from Scraps
We have had a lot of success with celery, fennel and spring onions.
Check out this page from One Million Woman to see what you can try your hand at!
So before tossing out those veggie scraps make sure you ask yourself the question, what can I do with these?
Do you have any success stories or other ideas for reusing veggie scraps? If so please share below!
Happy cooking and growing!