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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Something Out of Nothing

Yesterday I made chicken broth. Those little grocery store rotisserie chickens get bought quite frequently in our house, a few weeks ago, it occured to me that I could use the carcass and leftover meat to make broth and then soup. We had one of the chickens last night for dinner, I made a big point of telling everyone not to throw their bones away.
This morning I picked off the meat, set it aside and threw everything in a pot with two stalks of celery, two carrots, and an onion. You don't even need to peel the onion. Covered it with water, some salt, some parsley, and some thyme. Walk away and two hours later you have broth.
Then I sauteed chopped carrots, onion, and celery. Threw in some hot italian sausage I had laying around in my freezer, sauteed that up. Then I put in the remaining chicken meat, a cup of brown rice and covered it with my new fresh broth. Later I added fresh parsley and a milk sauce, and we had creamy chicken and rice soup for dinner.
Why would you make your own broth when you can buy the canned kind? It may be a bit cheaper. Considering that you used what normally would have become trash and that the vegetables only cost pennies. Homemade broth is healthier, I only added two teaspoons of salt to the three quarts I made (I'm trying not to think about what may have been smeared on the rotisserie chickens.), there's no MSG, and no cans or cartons. The only trash being the leftover bones and the used up vegetables.
I did feel guilty about the vegetables. I want to compost so bad. Nothing grows up here at 9,000 feet, nothing that humans like to eat, the deer seem to find plenty. One of my good friends told me that you can just bury your vegetable leftovers in the ground and it will just naturally compost. I got all excited and thought,
"Oh I can buy those Sun Chips that come in compostible bags and just bury them..." but Frito Lay stopped making the compostible bags because people complained that they were too noisy. A little piece of me just died. I try to console myself that the ground is frozen anyway, i would a jackhammer to bury my little bags of compostible goodies.
I did just read that you can save all your veggie leftovers; carrot peels, onion skins and then made vegetable broth out of them. I tell you how that goes...
I love that I took 'trash' and made good for you food out of it. I made something out of nothing.
PS: I know that women have been doing this for years, actually i used to make broth with my mom, but it's still cool. And in an era when very few take the time to think about their consumption affects the earth I think it's a pretty good idea.

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