Homestead Hack: Free Vegetable Broth!

by Texas Homesteader ~

I like to use homemade broth for my cooking.  Let’s face it – no matter what you’re cooking it’s just more flavorful when it’s made with broth instead of water.  And it’s more nutritious too!  I make my own Chicken Broth from the bones of our chicken meals.  And I’ve also made Turkey Broth with the leftover turkey carcass after Thanksgiving.  And of course I’ve simmered veggie scraps into my own vegetable broth but there’s an even easier way!  C’mon y’all, use my battle cry with me:  “USE WHATCHA GOT!”  Yeah, that’s the ticket!  Check out this ridiculously-easy Homestead Hack…

I save nutritious vegetable broth that was previously wasted and use it for something I used to have to make myself or purchase. #TexasHomesteader

Canned Vegetable Juice Wasted?

Whether I’m using home-canned veggies or even purchased cans of vegetables, there’s always lots of juice in the cans and jars.  Now in my previous don’t-think-ahead days I would have just poured that juice out before preparing the veggies for supper.  As a matter of fact I’m embarrassed to admit I did that for years.  Oh so many years…  What a waste!

Then I had a thumps-forehead moment.  This juice is already veggie flavored and packed with nutrients.  Why don’t I save it??!

I save nutritious vegetable broth that was previously wasted and use it for something I used to have to make myself or purchase. #TexasHomesteader

Freezing In Plastic Jars Instead

These days when I’m opening a jar or can of vegetables I pour that juice into a jar instead of down the drain.  That jar is quickly labeled as veggie broth & placed in the freezer for future use.  Now although I hate plastic more than the average bear does, I don’t freeze in glass.

Oh yes, many of you have successfully frozen things in glass but it’s not an option for us at the Taylor Household.  I know all the secrets about proper headspace and straight-necked jars. But it’s just not worth the risk to me.  One wrong ‘clink’ in our chest freezer could cascade tiny glass shards throughout our freezer.  So until a better solution comes around, I simply save plastic peanut butter jars for freezer broth.  We always have those peanut butter jars available anyway.  Plus it’s a great way to repurpose them before sending them to the recycle bin.

 

So there you have it – I’ve been able to take save nutritious veggie juice that was previously wasted and use it for something I used to have to make myself or purchase.  I use that vegetable broth when I’m making homemade Endless Soup. It also makes a more flavorful end result than using water when cooking rice, potatoes or pasta. It’s delicious, it’s nutritious and it’s basically FREE!  I don’t know about you, but my budget really loves free stuff.  🙂

~TxH~

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18 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Free Vegetable Broth!

  1. Grandmas House DIY

    I totally just had a moment of “omygosh-why-haven’t-everyone-been-doing-this-all-along!!” when I saw this post – what a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s House we go link party, hope to see you when the new one starts tomorrow, you’ll be featured at it! 🙂

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      LOL – me too. I initially wondered if it was too pedestrian a tip to share and perhaps everyone was already doing this. But I figured I thumped my own forehead over not thinking of it earlier, perhaps there are others who just haven’t thought of it yet either. I’m so glad I decided to go ahead & share the tip. ~TMH~

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Ya know Helene, I’d never thought about it either! (Yet I used to buy veggie broth!) I always have a jar of veggie broth in the freezer now and I add to it whenever I’m draining veggies. I haven’t bought (or even made) veggie broth in quite a while! ~TMH~

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  2. ColleenB.~Texas

    I also save the liquid from the canned fruit as well. After removing all the veggie juice from the cans, what do you make with your drained, canned veggies?

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      The canned veggies are often served using only minimal seasoning such as salt & pepper. Sometimes I’ll add butter to corn or bacon grease to green beans. But other than that it’s usually salt & pepper – we love the natural taste of the veggies. ~TMH~

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  3. Miss B

    Wow! Why did this idea never cross my mind before? It could not be more obvious unless the instructions were actually printed on the can. Thanks for the great tip!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      LOL Miss B – I KNOW, RIGHT??!! I’m not sure why it took so long for me to figure out either but I figured that others may not have thought of it either so I wanted to share. There’s always veggie stock ready to be used around here now. ~TMH~

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