The End of All Things Vegetable Broth

“This is an inexpensive, easy, and so very tasty way to make vegetable broth. And so thrifty! I just love no waste! The options are plentiful! I freeze in 1 cup plastic containers or zip lock bags to use in soups, sauces, cooking rice, etc. The computer needs volume so I have put approximate amounts for the veggies, but use how much you want. It all depends on what veggies you use frequently. Sometimes I add a little tomato paste or leftover sauce, leftover gravy, whatever would enhance the flavor of the broth. Have fun!”
2hrs 10mins
3-4 quarts

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup onion, tips (the ends and skins of whole onions and also scallions and leeks, the dark green tops and white botto)
  • 12 cup broccoli stem
  • 12 cup carrot, tops (and the bottom you usually cut off)
  • 1 cup asparagus spear (use the stems for the broth)
  • 12 cup celery top (and leaves)
  • 12-1 cup pea pods (I use edamame pods too)
  • 2 -5 corn cobs (after the corn is cut off)
  • 12 cup bread, heels (whole grain and dark breads are best)
  • 14 cup rind brie cheese (if not going vegan)
  • 12 cup tomatoes, tips
  • 14 cup beet, tips and leaves
  • 1 cup cauliflower stem, and leaves
  • 1 cup potato skins (regular and sweet)
  • 1 -2 bay leaf
  • 5 -8 peppercorns
  • parsley (I grab a handful from the garden)
  • 1 -2 teaspoon salt


  1. This is a basic list of ingredients, use whatever you have on hand. I use lots of veggies in my cooking, so place the ends in a gallon freezer bag. I always cut off any brown spots or ends. When it's full, it's time to make the broth. Actually, I usually use two full gallon bags before making broth.
  2. Place in a large stockpot, and cover with water(about 1- 2 gallons). Add seasonings, and salt, it helps to extract the flavor out of the veggies. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook about 2 hours.
  3. You may also cook the broth in your crockpot for 6 hours or so on low, about 4 hours on high.
  4. Note: I usually make this on the stove as it's too much to fit into my crockpot, and occasionally add more water if it cooks down more than I want. I freeze in 1 cup plastic containers. You may also freeze in zip lock bags. Enjoy and feel good that you are making something so yummy from something you might have been throwing away! :).

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