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Reuse Roundup: Rachel Ray

Today's Reuse Roundup post comes from Rachel Ray of Palo Alto, CA (no, not that Rachael Ray).

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Rachel says:

How often do you throw away the soft outer layers of an onion? The ends of celery stalks? Bits of veggies that are still good, but not good enough to add to a meal?

Next time you're chopping veggies, add the odds and ends to a freezer bag. Make sure the bits are clean and not rotten. This bag will become your "Broth Bag" to take out of the freezer whenever you want to make some veggie broth.

Suggestions of things to add to your broth bag:

  • onions
  • celery
  • carrots
  • kale
  • chard
  • bell peppers
  • parsnips
  • potatoes 


Once the bag is full, you can put it all in a stock pot, add water, salt, pepper, and any herbs you like, and reduce to broth. Add to rice, beans, or make it into your favorite soup.

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I know it’s a little late, but I make LOADS of cookies for the holidays, so I use a lot ot butter. When the sticks are soft, some butter tends to stick to the paper. I fold the papers in half and keep them in baggie in the fridge. Whenever I need to grease a pan or dish, I unfold one of the papers and there’s usually enough on there to do the job. Saves time, paper towels and/or having to wash your hands afterwards.

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