Sunday, October 19, 2008

I made Homemade Veggie Stock!

Sunday Prep has just gotten even more money saving!
Last week I made my famous (to my family) 2 bean veggie soup.
It's hot, spicy, topped with cheddar cheese, crushed tortilla chips, cilantro... mmm.mmm good.!
But to make it, I needed chicken stock. Lots of it!
So, like any other wifey poo, I send Bill to the store to get some.
Those cans were so expensive!
4 Flavored cans of water for $12!
Just for soup?
Yeah. I had to say yes, because I had everything else ready to dump into it.
That was one expensive soup that night, with all the veggies, beans and all.
So today... I was making my regular prep ahead things... the salmon spread, dough, slicing onions, chopping celery, julienning roasted red peppers etc...
when I had a light bulb moment.
I'll make my own stock.
How hard can it be!
Water and bunches of herbs and veggies and that's it! Right? Right.
So I did, and here's what I got.

It maybe cost me $5 for this entire 24 cups of veggie stock!

It'll last me 2 full weeks!

Here's what I put into it...


6 quarts of water

3 cut up carrots

Leafy ends of celery stalk

Handful of parsley (from my garden)

Handful of Rosemary (garden)

Handful of Lemon Thyme (garden)

Oregano (garden)

onion chives (garden)

5 huge garlic cloves cut into two halves

20 whole peppercorns

4 dried tomatoes

4 bay leaves

1 cut up onion

broccoli florets

cut up green peppers (garden)

Bring to boil, then simmer for 2 hours until the veggies have given all they can.

If you want to make your own stock, and live close by, come to my herb garden and pick till your hearts content.

Otherwise, instead of buying them from the store, use dried herbs the last 10 minutes of cooking the stock.

Strain well, discard the veggies, cool the stock and refrigerate until you need some!

I have never made stock before. I love it! It tastes awesome, not salty or oily like the store bought brands, and it made a ton!

I'll be making rice, soup, lots of other things with it!

Try it! It makes the house smell divine!


Lilly's Life said...

Amazing. I love cooking and am not so good at anything other than cakes really. I also love Italy and Italian food so will be coming back here often. Love your personality too it shines through your blogs!

kathyc said...

Holy cow Saundra!!! You never cease to amaze me woman!

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