Recently I was reading online about people making vegetable stock from their veggie scraps & I figured I'd try it. I kept an old cottage cheese container in our freezer & any time I peeled a carrot, chopped up some celery, or onion I simply put the scraps in the container. It took about .2 seconds for it to be full. I also collected fresh veggie scraps for stock as well, which made for two crock pots of stock.
I simply threw my veg in the crock pot, filled it with enough water to cover all of my vegetables, & seasoned with my favorite spices. I used 2 bay leaves, black pepper, red pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, & onion powder. (I actually used some onion powder that globbed into large balls due to lovely Arkansas humidity & I would have normally thrown out. Yay!)
I set my crock pot on low & allowed the stock to simmer for approximately 4 hours or until the vegetables became somewhat translucent. Then I simply strained the stock. And by simply I mean spilt scalding liquid all over our kitchen, down our cabinets, & on my feet while saying some not child friendly words. Whoopsie. Allow yours to cool first, won't you?
After years of buying vegetable stock, I am so happy to essentially be turning my trash into treasure. This stock is a delicious, nutritious, money saver & I now have two large containers of stock in our freezer. If only I had tried doing this sooner!