How to Make Vegetable Broth From Kitchen Scraps

I've been affectionately calling this my trash soup. Hopefully, that's endearing and not a huge turn off. But basically you just take kitchen scraps, pretty much anything that you'd leave on the chopping block, put them in a freezer bag until you have a few cups and then add it in some water and cook it for about an hour. Those are basically all of the directions which I will most likely also list below. So mine is full of full-sized things like a whole onion that sprouted, a poblano that got a little bit sad looking, some not so crunch celery. 

You can basically put anything in here. I've even used pulp from my juicer before, although it does change the flavor quite a bit if you juice a lot of fruit, but you can get pretty creative with it. It's simple and you can make broth without having to plan for it or buy more ingredients, just use what you've got, or what you don't need anymore. The basic ingredients for vegetable broth are onion, celery, and carrots, which work fine and coincidentally they're all in mine, but I've found that it's kind of an anything goes equation with this broth. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • Kitchen scraps
  • enough water to cover them 
  • a large pot



  • Place all ingredients in the pot and set on high until everything thaws out. 
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook for 45-1 hr. 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. You can throw in a few herbs as well. 
  • Store in the freezer in a bag or container, or use fresh within 2 days.