Making broth can save you a TON of money! I paid $1.29 for a good sized stalk of celery. I’ll show you exactly how I turned the waste from that stalk into a delicious ingredient for soups, stews, gravies or sauces.
As soon as I bring the groceries home, I run a sink full of cold water and let the vegetables hang out in it to clean them and rinse away any residue of sand or soil that may be clinging to each one. Since I wanted to make veg broth (and save a ton of $) I placed the whole stalk of celery in the sink thus:
After it had soaked awhile and was clean, I pulled it out, shook the excess moisture off and patted it dry with a kitchen towel. I then placed it onto my cutting board and chopped off part of the end and some of the tops:
As you Members know, Mother Connie is a big fan of cooking once and eating twice. While I was making the broth I was also making a meal, for which I needed to use both celery AND carrots. I scrubbed them within an inch of their pretty orange lives and trimmed the tops and bottoms, which were added to the celery pot. *Celery and carrots need not be the only guests at the party…you could add onion pieces, chunks of taters, cut off ends of asparagus, pieces of any root vegetable, whatever vegetable strikes your taste buds’ fancy!
There was enough water to cover the celery and carrots and the whole works got a dose of salt and pepper. It even got a dash of garlic, just for fun. I set the burner low enough that there was a nice simmer going. Little bubbles; no hard boil.
SIDEBAR: If you don’t have extra salt or pepper or you don’t care for garlic you need not fret. You can always add the seasonings your gang likes best when you prepare the recipe you’ll use for your broth. END SIDEBAR
After the veg cooked and the broth was full of its flavor (I was very busy; it stayed on the stove for about 4 hours.) I strained the whole business into a large bowl. *I did this in the sink, just in case I spilled or slopped! *As it happened, I cooked some potatoes so I added the potato water into the mix. This means LOTS of richness for whatever gets to hang out with the broth as I am cooking in the days to come!
SIDEBAR: Once upon a time, Mother Connie strained the goodies into the sink WITHOUT THE BOWL. Maybe you heard the wailing and the gnashing of teeth at the time? So I am advising you to get that bowl out of the cupboard before you pull the same stunt I did. O my. END SIDEBAR
The final product yielded nearly 2 quarts of good, nutritious broth. I will use it for soup, most likely, for braising meat and gravy. Then it will be time to buy more celery and begin again.
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