Mary's Veggie Garden

December 22, 2014

Broth Reconsidered

Filed under: Carrots,Celeriac,Leeks,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 10:25 am

When I was much younger I though that making broth was a waste of perfectly good vegetables.  Why spend good money, or even worse, lots of gardening time to grow  onions, carrots, celery, leeks, and turnips,  only to boil them for hours then strain them out of the broth and discard?

It’s only in the last few years that I’ve come to appreciate broth as a way to use vegetables that should not be featured raw or as a  cooked side dish.

Ingredients for broth

Ingredients for broth

These are the vegetables that went into the stock pot with the turkey bones:

  • Leek greens. The greens are too tough to chew but they have all that good leek flavor. Scrub them well and chop across the strappy leaves.
  • Celeriac greens. These are too tough and too strong-tasting to eat raw, but they are great for flavoring broth.  Use sparingly or you might have too much celery flavor.
  • A woody turnip that had stayed in the garden too long. I carved away the insect damage and used the remainder.
  • An onion that had sprouted. It couldn’t be stored for long.
  • A yellow carrot variety whose raw flavor we don’t like.

After Thanksgiving, all the vegetables for the Turkey Soup were fresh from the garden. The vegetables for today’s broth are from my root cellar. It is wonderful to be able to gather the all vegetables needed for a meal simply by going down to the basement and ducking into the root cellar.

There is nothing like a bowl of steaming turkey-vegetable soup to warm up a winter day.


  1. Mary, I really enjoyed this post. Thanks! /Roseanne

    Comment by Roseanne Ashby — December 22, 2014 @ 11:43 am | Reply

  2. That is a good way to use up those not quite perfect parts. I’ve yet to make vegetable broth. I keep thinking that I need to now. I can’t eat any from the store as they contain things I can’t eat. But my own homemade version I could.

    Comment by daphnegould — December 22, 2014 @ 1:43 pm | Reply

  3. Homemade broth is always better, and like you I usually try and find ‘less than perfect’ veggies to use.

    Comment by Dave @ OurHappyAcres — December 22, 2014 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  4. That’s a great idea – using imperfect veg & those bits that often end up in the compost pile. Must remember to do that in the future.

    Comment by Margaret — December 26, 2014 @ 11:29 am | Reply

  5. Great wayt o use up the gardens offerings that otherwise would spoil or go to waste. Nice post.

    Comment by Barbie — February 2, 2015 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

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