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We make stock pretty often at our house. I used to get frustrated when I wanted to make stock but didn’t have any carrots, celery, or onion to throw in, until I learned this little trick!

Whenever you are using carrots, celery, or onion, save the ends and scraps and place them in a freezer bag in the freezer. Then, when you are ready to make stock, you can just take out the bag, dump the contents in with the bones, and return the bag to the freezer to be refilled in the coming weeks.

I find this particularly helpful for celery and onions, both of which we eat quite often, but since it is just the two of us right now, we often have lots of leftover scraps. My husband is not a huge onion fan so I rarely use a whole onion at once, and if my stash of frozen onions is full, then I will throw the scraps into my scrap bag for later use!

I have friends who also use the ‘waste’ from their juicer to add to stock for that extra flavor and nutritious punch.

Do you have a scrap bag in your freezer?

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My name is Jill, and I am the editor here at Modern Alternative Kitchen. I have been on a real food journey since July of 2011 and am passionate about food. I am a Jesus-loving, Bible-reading, kombucha-brewing, raw milk–drinking, real food–eating gal. I was born and raised in the Midwest, and after a 2-year stint in Seattle, we are back in the Midwest and expecting our first child in August 2013.

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4 Comments

  1. Great post! I have a yogurt container in my freezer that I use for scraps. I throw celery tops and bits of carrots, onions, fennel in it. The odd time I use frozen spinach when I defrost it I squeeze the juice into the yogurt container :)

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  2. I just used my scrap bag this week to make a couple quarts of stock. It added so much to a simple bean and ham soup. It really does pay to collect those small bits!

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  3. I do this but I also have a separate container for leftover veggies. It’s inevitable at every meal we have some leftover veggies (left in the pot, not from people’s plates) that aren’t enough for another meal but I don’t want to throw away, so into a container they go until I have enough for a veggie soup! Once the container is full I make plans to make a good veggie soup and then wash the container to wait for more veggies. This way nothing gets wasted!

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