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How to Make Vegetable Broth from Kitchen Scrapes \\\\

How to Make Vegetable Broth from Kitchen Scraps

  • Author: Katja from Savory Lotus
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 3 quarts 1x



  • 1 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 ribs of celery, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups of vegetable scraps
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • one inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • a few sprigs of thyme or rosemary
  • a handful of parsley or cilantro
  • salt to taste
  • 1214 cups of clean water (I use about 3 and 1/2 quarts)


  1. Place everything in a large stock pot. Add water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer (covered) for 1 hour.
  2. Turn off heat. Using tongs or slotted spoon, remove solids. Then strain through a mesh sieve.
  3. Store in airtight jar for up to a week. Or freeze in small portions for use later.


I’ve seen recipes where you saute the carrots, celery, and onion in a bit of oil before you add water. Feel free to do this if you like. It does add a nice flavor. But I’ve been doing this broth for a long time and love how easy and delicious it is just the way it is.