How to Make Vegetable Broth From Scraps

Chef Danielle Miele , On February 3, 2023

Tip: Freeze your vegetables peels, skins, stems of mushrooms and when enough accumulates make vegetable stock from scraps on a regular basis.

How to Make Vegetable Broth From Scraps

Vegetable broth is one of the three basic broths along with beef broth and chicken broth. One simple way that home cooks can help cut back on food scraps is to store vegetable scraps in the freezer and make a vegetable broth from scraps at home on a regular basis. After chopping onions, carrots, any vegetables, the peels, skins, stems of mushrooms have soooo much untapped potential. Instead of discarding them, store them for a much better use. Use these scraps to make stock once a week. This vegetable broth recipe from scraps recipe is easy, and allows you to reuse all your food.

How to Make Vegetable Broth Video Recipe

Equipment Needed to Make Your Own Vegetable Broth:

  • Stock pot

  • Spoon

  • Mesh strainer

  • Knife and cutting board

Ingredients Needed to Make Your Own Vegetable Broth:

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Ingredients for vegetable broth

  • Onion pieces or 1 large onion chopped into large chunks

  • Carrot peels, ends, greens or 2-4 large carrots chopped into chunks

  • Celery, 4 stalks chopped into large chunks

  • Herbs (parsley, bay leaf, thyme)

  • 8 C cold water

  • Vegetable scraps*

Cooking Instructions to Make Your Own Vegetable Broth:

  1. Rinse your vegetable scraps and/or cuttings. Place into your stock pot. Add your herbs and seasonings.

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    Place veggies for broth in pot.

  2. Pour cold water into the pot, leaving a few inches of space at the top. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.

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    Add Water to veggie broth recipe.

  3. Reduce to medium and simmer for at least an hour. You can simmer the stock for up to 3 hours.

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    Simmer the vegetable broth on low heat for 3 hours.

  4. Once completed, remove from the heat. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables.

  5. Pour the cooled stock through a wire mesh strainer. Use right away or store for up to a week in the fridge in an air-tight container or jar.

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    Remove the vegetables, pass the broth liquid through fine mesh strainer so only the purest form of vegetable broth is left.

Notes About How to Make This Vegetable Broth Recipe

What other vegetable scraps can I use in a vegetable broth recipe? Other vegetable scraps that are excellent to make a vegetable broth recipe at home include: leeks, mushrooms (especially the stems), tomatoes, scallions and herb stalks. Feel free to add herbs like sage, marjoram, oregano from your garden or pantry according to what you have on hand, and to your taste.

Note:As the stock simmers, impurities will float to the top in the form of a foam. Using a spoon, remove the foam and discard.

Chef Danielle Miele

Chef Miele started in the industry as a chef's assistant back in the early 1990s at a New England style seafood shack. After several stints in the industry she earned a formal chef's degree with honors from Le Cordon Bleu. When she is not cooking for her husband and teenage son, she enjoys researching techniques and ingredients from different cultures, with a focus on enhanced flavor and nutrition.