Making Vegetable Broth

This week I tried my hand at making vegetable broth!


I’m not a big fan of tomato based vegetable broths so when I found a blog about saving your vegetable scraps to make your own broth I thought it was worth a try. Being a vegetarian it didn’t take long for the scraps to add up. I kept them in the freezer and just added to the bag as I was cooking.

In the scraps, there were onion peels, the inside of peppers, the ends and middle of garlic cloves, dill stems, celery, parsley, thyme and rosemary stems, Jalapeno gits, Bok Choy ends. Pretty Much anything I used in the kitchen. I wrapped the frozen lump of vegetable into cheesecloth and boiled them.

I read somewhere for the best flavour to boil for an hour. Which I did and I simmered for a couple hours. I also ended up adding salt…Because I’m a salt junky.

While boiling the stock I also multi-tasked and boiled my jars and lids. Sterilize, Sterilize, Sterilize. As you can see I’m a huge supporter of Classico because you can reuse their jars. However, you have to be sure they seal. I have had lids that the rubber melts off.


Setting everything aside that was sterilized I didn’t realise exactly how much broth I boiled so I ended up having to do a couple rounds of jar sterilization to keep up.

As the broth became ready I also got the lids ready to seal. Remember to stir to let the bubbles out and wipe the top of the jars to make the seal.

With both elements going it got quite warm in the kitchen. It of course only got worse when I added the pressure canner.

The pot I made the broth in after jarring was then washed out and became the pot that I pressure canned in. I filled it with various different sizes of jars. I cooked at 15 pounds (Im sure I could have done 10) for 30 minutes.

I ended up cooking 4 batches. In between, I stored all of the broth in the jars in my kitchen sink in hot water. Sometimes if the liquid gets cold the jars will shatter in the pressure cooker.

It took me a few days to complete. The broth turned out delicious. My house smells great and I have enough broth to last me for a year!

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Products used:

Brussel Sprouts Chips- Gluten Free Regina

Move over Kale chips, hello Brussels Sprouts Chips!

For anyone that has tried kale chip after kale chip only to be disappointed by how bitter, chewy and kale-y they were (ME!), I promise these are 1,000 times better … if you like brussels sprouts. Because they do taste like the mini green buds, in a totally awesome toasted way. At this point, isn’t everyone pro-Brussels Sprouts? The days of boiling them to mush are long gone. (We hope!)

The chips get really crispy—so much so that you can hear the crunch—really quickly. It’s the taking apart of the sprouts that is a little tedious. Start by cutting off the stem-side end of each brussels sprouts. The tougher outer leaves will naturally fall off, but the inner leaves take more time to pull apart. Don’t go crazy—leave the round center that remains and roast it too! It’s not a chip, but it’s so small that it’ll crisp up just fine.

Flavor-wise, olive oil, salt and pepper are all you need. But if you’ve got a block of Parmesan, you better believe that’s getting grated on top. Make it rain! As always, the more parm, the better.

So much better than kale chips.



  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts
  • 1-2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c. finely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut off the stem end of each Brussels sprout. Using your hands, pick off as many leaves from the bud as you can. The tough outer leaves should fall off naturally.
  3. Transfer leaves to a large rimmed baking sheet. Toss with olive oil until each piece is evenly coated on both sides. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the Brussels sprouts evenly in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the Brussels sprouts are crispy and have darkened. (They’ll continue to crisp as they cool.)
  5. Sprinkle with more Parmesan, if desired. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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