Soup Stock for the Frugal

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by supervman, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. supervman

    supervman Smoking Fanatic

    First off, history, I do ALL the grocery shopping AND all the cooking. Mrs. V does clean up which would be a GOOD deal if I wasn't so MESSY.

    That Said.

    I keep a couple of 2 Gal Freezer Bags in the Freezer (duh) and when I Lop the Bottom off of a "head" of Celery, or take the top and bottom off an onion with the first outer layer, Broccoli Bottoms, Asparagus Bottoms, Tops of Carrots, Cauliflower cores, Cabaage cores, ETC.
    Any Fresh Herbs that have almost run their course. Parsley Stems, Watercress Stems, etc.

    Any left over Bird Carcass' pieces etc. (Beer Can Chicken) Third piece off of Chicken wings.

    I just pop the stuff into the Freezer bag when I get the bags full I just pop in a few cloves of FRESH crushed Garlic, some Salt a Little Pepper, it never comes out the same but MAN - GOOD STUFF.

    Place stuff you would have tossed out into Stock Pot, Fill w water add spices and put on Med Low until it boils - then bring down to low simmer for a few hours.

    Strain out chunks, reserve Broth and then proceed to make your Soup.

    You WILL be a Happy Camper!
  2. doctor phreak

    doctor phreak Smoking Fanatic

    waste not want not.....good idea..i never really thought about doing this..i just threw everything away..and the way food is going this wil just extend your budget a little further...thanks for the info
  3. supervman

    supervman Smoking Fanatic

    You got it man. OH IT'S KILLER good.
    My Kids ABSOLUTELY LOVE my home made soups.

    You can throw anything you want into it. Barley, Veggies, Meats, Egg noodles. Matzo Balls. Whatever. It's good.

    Yeah, and normally you pitch the stuff. Carcass really helps to make it.
  4. smokin out the neighbors

    smokin out the neighbors Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Great advice. All of that "trash" has just as much flavor as the part you eat, if not more. Makes sense to extract that deliciousness and use it.
  5. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for sharing a great idea.
  6. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    great way to strech to food dollar even a lil more. thks super vman!!!skol!!!
  7. island boy

    island boy Fire Starter

    That is definitely a good idea.

    I used to do something similar back in Jamaica. Some times, I would strain, then freeze the stock in ice trays and keep the stock cubes in bags in the freezer. These are useful for adding to rice dishes, sauces, gravies, stews, braising etc.

    Shrimp and or lobster shells are excellent additions.

    Thanks for posting I had completely forgotten about doing that.
  8. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Excellent idea, I'm starting to save/freeze this week!
  9. supervman

    supervman Smoking Fanatic

    Right on. I use a few silicone muffin "tins" and make "hockey pucks" out of the stock for additions to dishes. Works great, and the broth is so good.
  10. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Bones from the butts and a few rib trimmings make for a good pork stock also. Use that and make a pork gravy and you got some good eatin'
  11. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good post vman I must have missed it. I had a Bohemiean Chef teach me this, Nothing goes to waste.


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