About two weeks ago I wrote about making chicken broth: http://redearthsafari.blogspot.com/2011/01/something-out-of-nothing.html
This week I made veggie broth. For about three weeks I have been saving all my vegetable clipping, carrot peels, the tops of tomatoes, onion skins, broccoli stalks, etc. I froze them in a big ziploc bag until the bag was full of veggie detritus. I threw everything into a stock pot covered it with water, added some salt, pepper, thyme, a bay leaf, and leftover fresh parsley that looked like it was on it's way out and then let her boil/simmer for about two and half hours. What I ended up with tasted like weak vegetable soup, which I assume is what vegetable broth is supposed to taste like. I then put it in six 16oz freezer jars.
I read about this in another blog and loved the idea of using veggie trash to make healthy viable food. I've already expressed my deep desire to compost, so this seemed a close second. The vegetables still end up as trash but I used them once, re-use, eh, like that? Then I don't have to buy canned broth, reducing trash and controlling the sodium and chemicals in my family's diet.
I used the broth the next day to make pozole, a mexican stew with pork and hominy. the broth tasted great and made really tasty soup. I threw in the extra bone from a pork shoulder roast to enrish the flavor, and then pulled it out before serving. I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Here's the recipe:
1 medium onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
Saute in large stockpot until tender
2 cups cooked pork (we used the leftovers from a shoulder roast)or a pork tenderloin, cut into medallions
2 freezer jars of veggie broth
1 can or freezer jar of diced tomatoes
1 small can or freezer jar of fire roasted green chiles or 1 anaheim chili, diced
1 large can 28oz mexican style hominy, drained
Let simmer until done. Right before serving pull the tenderloin into bite size chunks or cut up the pork. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Serve with tortilla chips, cheese, and sour cream.
Or corn bread. Eh, whatever you want..:0)