Stocks form the basis of many recipes, like soups and sauces. Making a homemade version isn’t a daunting task. Here’s a step-by-step guide to transforming those odds and ends from your veggies into a delicious, homemade stock!
Don’t forget to grab this free printable version! We’re also sharing some of our favorite homemade soups below/
How to Make Your Own Vegetable Stock
Save the odds and ends of your veggies, including peels, stalks and stems. If saving over several weeks, store them in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer until you’re ready to use them.
Place veggies in a large stockpot & cover with water. Add salt, fresh herbs & spices, like bay leaves, peppercorns, coriander, cloves, thyme and/or parsley, to season.
Turn up the heat, bring to a boil, then simmer for at least 45 minutes. You may need to skim the top as it cooks.
Taste & taste often! Once you’re satisfied with the taste, remove from heat & let it cool. You can even place the pot in the sink with ice to speed up the process.
Once cooled, use a slotted spoon to remove the large piece from the pot. Use a mesh strainer over a large bowl to strain out smaller pieces. Store in freezer-safe containers. Refrigerate overnight before freezing.
Chicken tortilla soup gets a makeover in this lighter, one-pot version. Packed with veggies for tons of flavor and lower in sodium than canned versions. Top with Greek yogurt, fresh lime juice or cilantro for added flavor.
Traditional baked potato soup gets a healthier makeover with the addition of cauliflower. Enjoy the same creamy goodness without the fuss of pre-baking the potatoes by making this soup in just 20 minutes in an Instant Pot!
Trish is a grocery industry veteran of 15 years, specifically in the produce industry for nine, working alongside health-conscious brands. Trish is the mom of two very active boys and passionate about helping others, especially in her community, which is why she appreciates the work we do at Produce for Kids. She can be found volunteering weekly at her local food bank. Trish loves providing useful, relevant, and realistic resources to Produce for Kids followers – no parent-shaming, just inspiring new habits and celebrating wins. Find her regular contributions on the Produce for Kids Blog.