Thursday, April 5, 2012
Trash soup is one of my favorite things. It makes you feel like you are doing something good for your body and environment - although I never make it to the compost drop off and therefore only do good for me.
You basically store all your food scraps in the freezer in a plastic bag. Put all veggie scraps in the bag.. you can keep fruit parts as well, but you don't want to keep flavorless stupid parts of fruit like stems, pits, avocado/banana/orange skins etc. No not edible things or things that seem like they shouldn't be part of a broth. You also don't really want to use citris fruits. You can put in bones and egg shells - if you add a splash of vinegar it supposedly releases calcium. I think a splash of olive oil is supposed to be good too. Oh - I don't use wax covered skins like rutabaga etc.
This soup is amazing. You can use it whenever you need water in a recipe, particularly as a soup base. It is really nutritious - my boyfriend used to drink it instead of coffee. Which I like in theory - not as much in practice. A kiss goodbye is not as pleasant coming from a mouth that just drank cold trash soup at 8am. But it made me smile.
Basically you put everything frozen in a pot and cover with water... as much as you can... maybe throw in a clove or two of garlic. Then let it simmer for like two hours. You can mush it around. Then strain it and BAM broth that is awesome and natural.
After (not totally after cause you have to strain out everything but..: