Sunday, January 13, 2013

Soup Sunday - Vegetable Broth

Well, since I totally screwed the pooch and forgot about Mama Pea's Soup Sunday last week, I guess I should share one this week.

This has got to be the easiest, albeit a bit boring, soup to make.  Well, except for maybe opening a can of Campbell's, but I'm thinking we're all looking for the Mmmmmm, Mmmmmm, HOMEMADE good kind'a soup.

As a few of you are aware, I'd been doing a juice fast last week.  And in order to do a juice fast, you need tons, and I mean TONS of vegetables.  And since I had veggies (veggies, veggies, veggies, veggies.....embrace it Susan) coming out of my ears, I figured I might as well make some vegetable broth.

I cut up carrots, onions and celery and put them in a pot with three cloves of crushed garlic.  Added a little glug of olive oil to the pan and sauteed the bunch for about five minutes, until the onions just started to soften.  The I dumped in about 8 cups of water, a teaspoon or two of parsley and a few bay leaves.

Bring the soup up to a boil, then reduce heat and keep on a low simmer for several hours (I think I had mine on the stove for 2 1/2).  Some of the water will evaporate during the cooking time, so make sure to add some back in every once in a while and add salt to taste.

Normally I would keep all those good vegetables in the soup, but this time I wanted to make a simple broth so when I took it off the stove I strained everything through a sieve lined with a few layers of cheesecloth.

This is also a good way to use up all your vegetable peelings.  Because you DO keep all those peelings in a zippy bag in the freezer until you've got enough to make soup, right?!

That's what I thought.

Oh, and for something totally unrelated, I give to you my first RCP (Random Cat Picture):
Evil Kitty, not entirely happy about being wrapped up in a scarf.


  1. LOL! Love the photo! Unfortunately, I don't save scraps for broth. The goats get them.

  2. The kitty does look evil! Great photo.

    I have never made vegetable broth. Looks very good.

  3. Gosh, your veggies (are you still with us, Sweeze?) look scrumptious!

    Tell Evil Kitty those are definitely her colors and she should go with them.

    Papa Pea and I were just contemplating going on a one day a week juice fast. Now you're setting a goal for us to work up to. How has it gone??

  4. Kristina, normally the scraps go to the chickens / goats, but I'll occasionally throw some in a zippy bag in the freezer for the humans.

    gld, This was actually my first time. Not too bad, either!

    Mama Pea, It went ok. I managed to go a full five days on the juice & vegetable broth. Although if you want a really "Green" juice, it gets horribly expensive. I think the $2.99 bag of spinach yielded like 3/4 oz. of juice. We used mostly carrots, apples, cucumber, sweet potatoes (sounds weird, I know, but it was good), celery, pears and some broccoli stalks (saved the tops for Rhiannon). Oh, and ours always turned out like the color of cat vomit. Bottom's up!

  5. Carolyn,

    I throw some of my scraps to the freezer bag and the rest to the compost pile. I also throw all my bones in a bags too for making soups and broth.

    Poor Evil Kitty, lol

  6. I was thinking of going on a juice fast. I have psoriasis and it's horrible right now! I've heard that a juice fast clears your skin since it's easier to digest but I haven't tried it yet. Did you feel full? And more importantly did you lose weight? I'm also like five pounds over my normal weight right now!

  7. Okay, I will never live this down, right? And how long after that RCP was taken did the scarf get totally shredded? I do, actually, keep my vegetable trimmings in a zipper bag in the freezer. Doesn't everyone?