I started making my own veggie broth just so I would have some type of nutrient-rich broth to use to puree foods for my son. I was surprised at how simple it was to make and I've learned to use it for so many different things. Here are the steps I take to keep this on hand for making soups, beans, and lots of other dishes.
I keep a zipper freezer bag ready to go all the time. At any given time, you'll find a freezer bag partially filled with veggie pieces. Once it gets full, I make my broth. What do I put in it? Almost anything you cut off a vegetable can go in the bag. Pepper tops, onion ends, broccoli stalks, cauliflower leaves, tops of carrots, and tons of other bits and pieces. Once the bag gets full I am ready to make the broth.
Making the Broth
I use an instant pot to make my veggie broth. But before I had my instant pot I cooked it on super low on the stove for several hours. Either way works fine. Simply put the frozen (or fresh) veggie pieces in the pot and cover with water. Let it simmer for three or four hours on the stove. Or, if you are using the instant pot, set it to cook for 11 minutes. Once it is done, you can either let the steam off manually or let it go down naturally.
After the broth is done, use a strainer to separate the now cooked veggies from the broth. I suggest putting the veggies in the compost pile if you have one. Then store the broth in a glass jar for up to a week in the fridge. You can also freeze it and use it in beans, rice, or soups as needed.
I love this recipe. It is high in calories, but is a great sweet option without processed sugar. It only uses healthy ingredients and tastes wonderful. It can be used to make caramel apples as it hardens as it cools. But my favorite way to eat it is by dipping fruit in it while it's warm. I've tried it with bananas, apples, oranges, pineapples.... it's great with all of them. And the best thing? It takes about 5 minutes to make. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
5-Minute Caramel Ingredients
This is as easy as it gets! Put all the ingredients together in a small saucepan and whisk it as they melt together over a low heat. Remove and enjoy it warm, or let it cool to room temperature. It will harden in the fridge if you'd like to coat fruit for later. It also reheats nicely if you want to save some for a treat later.