If you’ve already developed the household habit of collecting food scraps for compost, here is another benefit of diverting food waste from the landfill: homemade vegetable broth. Giving food scraps a second life by making broth is a way to reduce consumption of Tetra Pak cartons that are not recyclable in Utah. It is also a precursor to composting, reducing emissions of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas from food waste in landfills.
Keep rinsed vegetable scraps in the freezer, controlling any odor in a cold environment until you have collected enough for broth (a full bowl). Bring all the scraps to a boil in a large pot, adding spices and salt. Get creative with this- try making different broths for various types of recipes. Once up to a boil, reduce to a simmer for as long as you can while not leaving it unattended, an hour or two is ideal. Let the broth cool on its own with the lid on and heat off. Once it cools completely, strain and fill jars about 80% full so that the liquid does not crack the glass when it freezes and expands. Toss the vegetables into your compost.
This new habit is easy to create for your whole family. As you teach children to collect ingredients for broth – inspire them to gather “flavor boosting gold.” Allow them to be the ones to label the 32-64 oz mason jars with the date and ingredients of that batch of broth.
By Kellie Hill, EATS Park City