I've said before that my Crock-Pot is one of my most-used appliances in my kitchen. Only to be beat by my constantly running dishwasher!
After making my own chicken broth (I'll post about that soon...I promise) last month, I decided to find out if vegetable broth can be made in the Crock-Pot. Sure enough, it can! Yay!
Searching the Internet, I found a lot of information for making homemade vegetable broth. Rachael wrote this post for Buffalo Frugal Living Examiner and it seemed to have the best information for me. After reading her post and seeing how simple it was to make veggie broth, I wanted to jump right in and make it that very second. But, it wouldn't have been a very good vegetable broth, since I didn't have any veggie scraps saved.
I decided to share my vegetable broth making experience with you and was even prepared with the camera close by and took step by step photos of the entire process!
I started by saving all of my veggie scraps while preparing recent meals. I saved everything: carrot ends and peels, potato peels, celery (tops, bottoms and leaves) onion peels and tops, bell pepper tops, garlic peels, broccoli stems, cabbage cores, etc.
I stored the scraps in gallon size Ziplock Freezer Bags in my basement freezer.
**Remember: if you are using cold or frozen vegetable scraps, to start off with a room temperature Crock-Pot. If it's pre-heated, it may crack when the cold items are added.
I added COLD water to about 1/2 inch from the top. Then I covered it and cooked on LOW for about 13 hours.
After letting it simmer through the night, this is what it looked like in the morning. I took the lid off and let it cool for about half an hour.
I placed a large bowl in my sink and then placed my colander inside of the bowl to strain the veggies from the broth.
I used a large ladle to scoop out most of the veggies and broth and let it strain through the colander and into the bowl until there was enough removed so that I could pour it through the strainer without making much of a mess!
After that, I just had to pour it into my large measuring cup to see just how much broth was made! It's past the 8 cup line! So, that's about 4 cans of broth. Four less cans I have to buy not only means that I saved money, but four less cans to
My next step will be to pour it into Ziplock Freezer Bags when it's finished cooling. I'll store them in 2 cup portions and freeze flat on the shelf of my kitchen freezer. Once they are solid, they will stack nicely in my basement freezer!
I will be sharing this blog post with the following blog carnivals this week: