homemade vegetable stock

Vegetable stock to me isn’t a recipe, but instead it’s a normal habit of life. I love cooking with vegetable stock! I use it to make quinoa, rice, lentils… pretty much anything I need water for. It gives so much flavor to a dish. And when you make it yourself, it’s free!

Vegetable stock in the store is so expensive for what it is. Plus you are buying that packaging, which is just going to go to waste as soon as you’re done with it. My recipe for stock eliminates a lot of waste from my home!

Because of how much fresh produce my family eats, I am able to make about a half gallon of vegetable stock every week for free! And we usually use that all up by the time I make more again.

How to Make Homemade Vegetable Stock

As I cook through the week, I keep a half-gallon size mason jar in the fridge. I drop all of my vegetable clippings in there: onion skins, tops of carrots, potato eyes, etc. Any piece that would be thrown into the trash instead goes into this jar. The more variety the better your stock will be!

If your family eats meat, you can easily turn this stock into a beef or chicken broth. Just add in bones leftover from cooking!

When the jar gets full, it’s time to get cooking! I dump the contents into the biggest pot I have, then cover it with 1 and ½ jars full of water. Set it on the stove and let it boil. Then turn it down to a simmer and leave it for 30-60 minutes. Let it cool.

Then use cheese cloth, a nut milk strainer or a strainer (with coffee filters if there are tiny pieces or seeds) to strain out just the liquid into a bowl or a second half-gallon jar. I use a spout lid on my stock jar to make it easy to pour it out to use.

That’s it! Making your own stock really is that easy. You can control exactly what goes it in, have it when you need it, and create less waste! You can even compost the boiled veggie bits after creating your stock. This has been such as easy habit to insert in my life that has really made a different in the way we eat as a family and in how much waste we create.

Have you tried making your own broth or stock before? Let me know in the comments how it turned out! If you have any questions about making your own stock or what can be included, be sure to Ask a Bestie!