Tip of the Day: Make your own stock

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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I am a woman on a mad mission to cut my food bills!
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2 Responses to Tip of the Day: Make your own stock

  1. mibsxx says:

    Silly question maybe but what IS a haybox exactly??

  2. You’re right Mibs, I should have explained that sorry (thanks for pointing it out). Tomorrow I will tell everyone what a haybox is and how to make one. It really is just a way of slow cooking by retaining heat that is already in the saucepan without using electric or gas to do it. It is in it’s most simple form an insulated box. Mine is made from old plallets and a few old pillows/sleeping bag and cardboard. Or you can use hay. Big post all about it tomorrow. It’s a great way of cooking for free and I use it frequently. It may not look great but it sure works!

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