Broth and stocks are on sale right now because it is soup season, but that doesn't mean you should buy them! Making your own stock is very easy and you can use ingredient scraps that you would have just thrown away. While broth is cheaper, good store-bought stock can run $3-$4 for a 24 ounce container. That adds up, especially during soup season!
Broth is generally made using pieces of actual meat, whereas stock is generally made from scraps and bones. While you can warm up broth and eat is alone, you generally wouldn't do this to stock. However when used as a base for a soup, stock works perfectly.
Here are some quick tips for making your own stock; whether beef, chicken, vegetable or fish.
So there you have it! A few tips for making your own stock! Here are 2 recent examples that we did:
- We had saved celery trimmings, carrot peel and the outer (not the peel) of onions until we had about a cup of each. We then followed the tips above and made a vegetable stock out of scraps that would have gone into the trash!
- With chicken, we saved trimmings in a bag in the freezer for a while until we had about 2-3 pounds. Again, we used the tips above and bingo! Our own stock that cost basically nothing!