For some time now, we in the 120 things test kitchen have been saving and freezing the water left in the steamer after steaming some veggies to make stock at a later date. We have also been throwing our veggie peelings and scraps into the freezer for making vegetable stock at a later date. Apparently a common practice (I checked this time).
But now, we throw the veggie scraps into the steamer pan before we steam our veggies, and as a result, we get amazing stock every time we cook veggies.
If we don't use it on the day (but we generally do), we just freeze it (or freeze it by adding it to the ever growing container of veggie stock we now have in our freezer ready for the time we have enough to make a decent amount of stock).
The stuff makes an amazing soup base, and makes an even more amazing base to a chicken or whatever stock.
- Peel your veggies.
- Put the peelings into the bottom steamer pan.
- Add water.
- Steam the veggies.
Mega-stock left behind in the steamer water.