Monday, March 4, 2013

Homemade Vegetable Broth

Remember back last summer when I mentioned in my posts about saving some vegetables to freeze?  They were of vegetables that you didn't use all of, like the top part of the leeks, or the harder part of the asparagus.  Well I took all those vegetables from the summer, froze them, and I used them to make broth.  It is super simple to do, especially when you use a crock pot.

Homemade Vegetable Broth
Leek pieces, leftover from summer and frozen
Asparagus pieces, leftover from summer and frozen
2 large Carrots, cut into large chunks
Spinach (I used a frozen bag of spinach)
2 bay leaves
black pepper
Place all vegetables into the crock pot.  No need to thaw them out, they will thaw out in the crock pot.  Add enough water to cover the vegetables (I filled it with water to about the top).  Place crock pot on high for about 8 hours, turn to low and let cook overnight.  This helps to give the broth a great flavor.  Strain the broth through sieve or small strainer (make sure that you press on the vegetables to get all the juice out).  Place broth into mason jars, label and freeze.  You now have fresh broth ready to use anytime you want to make something.

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