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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Using it up!

Hi everyone!

Since we are at the Farmers Markets almost everyday, we get a lot of fresh vegetables. And we take advantage of this time of the year to not only enjoy the fresh bounty available but, we also preserve a lot.

We can, dry and freeze as much fresh produce as we can. But, sometimes, we just can’t get to everything everyday.

Waste in this home is not an option!

When I have veggies that are starting to get a little limp and just not fresh enough to do other things with, they go into a pot of water!

If I am just using vegetables to make a vegetable stock to freeze, I will use a couple of teaspoons of our All Purpose Seasoning Blend to season them up.

recipe 151 If we had this for dinner….

recipe 147The carcass is tossed into the pot of chopped up veggies to make a yummy rich stock to freeze.

recipe 141I also add a couple of teaspoons of our Poultry Blend.

recipe 143This is perfect because you don’t have to go searching through your dried herbs and spices to find the things you want to add!

And if you have leftover beef roast, I love adding our Rancher’s Blend Dry Rub to the roast when I cook it and any leftovers are used with veggies to make a rich beef stock. I will also add a couple of teaspoons of the Rancher’s Blend Dry Rub to the pot of stock.

recipe 150 Just chop up all the veggies you have that are getting a little to tender or you know you will not be using in the next couple of days and throw them into a pot of water. Add some of the Poultry Blend or All Purpose Blend. bring to a boil and then reduce the heat. Just let it simmer until the water is reduced by almost one half. Cool and skim off any fat and then pour into a freezer safe bag or container, label and date.

Now you have some wonderful rich stock ready for future dishes. Great as a soup base, gravies or sauces!

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