Easy Homemade Soup Broth

Learn to make homemade soup by using frozen leftovers.

| December 2012/January 2013

Homemade Soup Broth

Vegetable cuttings and trims can be cooked down into a tasty broth.

Photo by Fotolia/Andrii Muzyka

I keep a gallon-sized Ziploc bag in my freezer and add various vegetable scraps from cooking projects. Everything from carrots and celery ends, tops and bottoms of peppers and onions, dark green leek tops, garlic tips, cilantro and parsley stems, potato peels, even apple and pear cores go into that bag. When the bag is full, I dump it into a large pot, fill with water, add some seasonings and bring to a boil.

I let that puppy simmer until I decide it’s done. Then I strain the broth, toss the spent veggies into the compost, and make a pot of soup or freeze the broth for another day.

Beans? Minestrone? Noodle soup? Whatever I want to make is easier and cheaper with my homemade broth. Something fabulous is about to happen!

Linda Werner
Tillamook, Oregon

12/5/2016 11:24:47 AM

I made a drawstring bag from a new diaper (could use muslin too) to put my veggies or bones and herbs in while simmering. No straining or "bits & pieces" in my broth. It's a beautiful clear broth for canning or freezing.

jean ellen
1/1/2013 4:34:59 PM

Sounds good. I also simmer the bones from a rotisserie chicken from the grocery. It makes a very rich chicken broth.

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