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Homemade Vegetable Broth in a Slow Cooker

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I have been making my own chicken broth and Homemade Vegetable Broth in a Slow Cooker for years now.  If you cook with broth often, making your own is practically free, really easy, and makes the environment happy!  I shared how to make your own chicken broth in the slow cooker already, but I thought it was high time I shared about Homemade Vegetable Broth in a Slow Cooker. I honestly don’t know how people live without a crock pot or slow cooker – it saves so much time and money!

Veggie broth is really easy to make in a slow cooker!

Step one : Save vegetable scraps.  You can save over time or one big group meal (think Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc) can sometimes provide enough.  I simply put scraps in a large ziploc bag and put in the freezer.

Veggies I use….

* Tops, bottoms, and skins of carrots

* Celery tops and roots

* Potato Skins

* Onion skins and scraps

* Garlic scraps

*Veggies that are bit limp (typically a couple carrots and celery pieces are really OK, but just not crisp anymore.  I used to throw these out – silly me!)

Once the bag is full – it is time to make broth – and it is so easy peasy!

Step two : Empty the veggie scraps into your slow cooker.  Fill the slow cooker with water.  Put on low for 8 hours.  Walk away and do something fun.  When you wander back into the kitchen in 8ish hours you will have a whole slow cooker full of practically free broth!  Simply separate and toss the veggies.  I freeze most of the broth – it lasts for me for several months in the freezer (although I tend to use it up fairly quickly).  I put one container in the fridge, only if I can use it within the week – I am not sure if it will last much longer than that in the fridge.  I have found this broth to be much richer than store bought broth so I don’t really need to use as much of it as I used to. Bonus!

If you are looking to stretch your food budget a little bit or trying to be a little ‘greener’ this year – I think Homemade Vegetable Broth in a Slow Cooker is a great way to do it! We use vegetable stock in lots of recipes so we easily save $10 a month making our own.  As for being more environmentally friendly; we always recycled cans, but this doesn’t take any cans at all – we use BPA free reusable containers over and over again.  It’s a little thing that I feel makes a little difference for us as a family and for the environment – win win!

Do you make your own broth? Do you have a different method? Do you put other ingredients in? I would love to hear more thoughts in the comment section!

Until Next Time ~ Kate
Categories:  Food, Recipes, Slow Cooker
  1. Jane says:

    Looks easy and cheap! thanks!

  2. alice says:

    Yay another use for my crock pot!

  3. Cindy H says:

    This is great. No hidden ingredients.

  4. Dinah G says:

    Thank you!

  5. Lalita Malone says:

    Great idea to use all veggie base. I have used the canned stuff for far too long! Thanks for sharing, Kate!

    • Kate says:

      Lalita – you will be thrilled with how much yummier it is too! I love it when easy stuff saves money and is ‘green’ – you are totally welcome – share with a friend!

  6. Kristene Hanson says:

    Printing this one out. Sounds great!

  7. Lisa says:

    Wow! This is a great idea. I’m going to start doing this!

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    I’ve been making my own chicken and veggie broth for years too, and I really believe the health benefits for my family are huge.

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