Make your own stock. Forget expensive stock cubes, when you boil any veg strain and save the water (freeze it if you don’t need stock straight away). When cooking veg like leeks and onions wash and keep the bits you would normally throw out, do the same with celery or any hard vegetables except potatoes. To make the stock defrost your vegetable water if you are using frozen. Add a little oil to a large saucepan and sweat down the veg on a low heat for about 5 mins (don’t let it brown). Add to veg water and bring to boil. Simmer for 40 mins (or to save on the gas and electric use a hay box for one hour, I love hay boxes they save a fortune). Strain retaining the liquid and there you have good veg stock. Simples! and very very cheap!
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