Time has been tricky lately. When I first found myself unemployed I embraced each moment with job search in mind. That transitioned quickly to the tasks that necessitated the move east such as planning, packing, and goodbye visiting. Now that we are here and mostly settled into our new space I am having to actively plan my day which seems to revolve around food and money.
Having reduced cash flow and plenty of time meant a lot of home cooked meals. Here I had the luxury of going to the farmers market in the middle of a week day and purchasing all veggies I could carry. Empowered with a sense of kitchen bravery by frugal vegan cooking blogs I resolved to save my veggie scraps in a freezer ziploc bag until I had enough to make a slow cooker stock. I too could make more food from food I did not directly want to put in my mouth!
I was actually surprised when only three days later I had enough veg waste for my first batch. I momentary considered how many rabbits or worms I could have been feeding all these years with my clippings even if my living situation could accomindate neither. Then again my regretful altruism rarely lives in reality. I prepared my stock base, set the cooker to low, and kinda forgot about it for the next five hours. I was relieved when nothing had boiled over and it appeared to have a nice light tea color. I had just brewed my first batch of plant matter and it was rather tasty
More so I felt a sense of accomplishment for using what I had on hand to create rather than relying on a purchased item. This was habit I could have adopted much earlier but it wasn’t until I had to the time to consider the impact of my personal choices that I started to do so. I had been putting the decisions made outside of work on the back burner and devalued their impact. I need to remember to hold on to the power of me even when my time isn’t being purchased.
you got time for that veggie stock
start by collecting the scraps you would normally toss when preparing your veggies such as pepper and carrot tops, potato eyes, roots, onion skins, herb stems; just don’t include anything that has gone off or has the consistency of green man boogers
i like to store up my odds and ends in the freezer using a ziploc bag, this will confuse your roommates or spouse at first – just tell them it’s for a soup summoning spell
once you have enough bits to fill your crock pot or slow cooker cauldron of choice just dump the frozen mess in and fill to the top with water
add a healthy dose of salt and any seasoning (basics include bay leaves, garlic, ginger) you are going to strain this so whole is better
set on low for five hours
strain to desired level of clarity, I use coffee filters for a second strain to achieve broth Pythia would be proud of
i tend to use all of mine within a week, freeze to store any longer