Make Vegetable Broth Without Buying Anything

Posted on Jan 27 2011 - 3:16am by Mike Lieberman

You can make this simple recipe without buying a single ingredient. You will just be using what you were going to toss out.

What you need to do is start to save your vegetable scraps and store them in the freezer. This includes any or all of the following:

  • Carrot tops
  • Beet tops
  • Veggies or herbs that were starting to go bad
  • Kale stems
  • Onion skins
  • Celery leaves
  • The bottom part of celery
  • Pretty much any vegetable scrap

When you are ready to make the broth

  • Pull the food scraps out of the freezer
  • Fill the pot about 1/2 to 3/4 way with the frozen veggies
  • Cover with water
  • Put on stove at a low to medium heat
  • Let it slowly boil for anywhere from 1-4 hours
  • Remove pot from stove and strain out the veggies
  • You’ll be left with the vegetable broth

That’s it. Pretty simple. Certain vegetables and herbs will lead to different flavors. Experiment and see what works best for you.