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Frugal Living: The Soup Bag

When I first learned how to make homemade soups and broths, I was shocked that the meat and vegetables are essentially used just to flavour the broth. If you want meat and vegetables in your soup afterwards, you actually need to add a whole second batch. Ouch!

One frugal solution is to keep a bag in the freezer, and add all the vegetable peels and discarded ends that we wouldn't normally use. I throw in all the aromatics like carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Sometimes I also throw in the ends from zucchini and bell peppers, as well as the peels from potatoes. These last add a little starch, and are good when it comes to thickening soups and stews.

The bag fills up quickly, especially when I'm preparing a batch of freezer meals. When I'm ready to make broth, I just throw the contents of one or two bags into my stock pot. Sometimes I have a chicken or turkey carcass, or trimmings from my stewing beef, saved away for soup making as well. Other times, the only broth ingredients I pay for are my soup bones. It means that homemade broth is a lot less expensive to make!

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Hollyhocks100 wrote on June 16, 2015, 4:59 AM

I love homemade soup in the winter but have never made a stock first, everything that goes into my soup is eaten. Good idea to use leftovers for stock, though, I hadn´t thought of that idea. I often buy chicken carcasses to add extra flavour, and these I cook first, then pick off what good meat I can, to go back in the pot, any skin and gristle goes to the dogs.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 16, 2015, 5:21 AM

We just save the carcasses when we cook a chicken or turkey. I do buy beef soup bones, though. Our local abattoir sells the absolute best bones in huge bags. The broth they make is so rich and flavourful, they put the supermarket bones to shame!

MegL wrote on June 16, 2015, 6:51 AM

We have chicken most sundays and I always boil the carcass and then make soup on the Monday. So roast first, then soup next day.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on June 16, 2015, 7:11 AM

As I live alone I seldom buy a whole chicken and when I do I often cut it up into quaters, so I´m not forced to eat it everyday for almost a week LOL emoticon :smile:

wolfgirl569 wrote on June 16, 2015, 10:22 AM

I always just use whole chicken or stew beef and it stays in the soup as it cooks for a complete meal

LeaPea2417 wrote on June 16, 2015, 11:21 AM

We make great soups and stews in our crock pot.

WordChazer wrote on June 16, 2015, 2:51 PM

I tend to mash all my veggies up in the blender, add some veggie stock for flavor and then stick a small mountain of peppery spice in the mix. I had cauliflower, courgette, potato and peri-peri soup today. It was delicious. I don't use meat in my soup, just vegetables. The other one I have frozen is a cabbage and leek mix with a soup base veggie mix and half chicken, half veggie stock because I ran out of veggie stock. That has five pepper spice in it. Tonight's smoothie is going to be a mix of cottage cheese, pineapple, satsuma, carrot and apple. All bought on the reduced to clear shelves so I'm open to trying whatever mix is available.

carolscash wrote on June 16, 2015, 9:12 PM

I have made broth like this as well. We don't eat much soup so it does not seem logical to me to do this often

k_mccormick2 wrote on June 16, 2015, 9:47 PM

I do the same thing and lately I have been making sure that I have some broth in the freezer in containers ready when I may need them. I have 2 batches of vegetable broth in the freezer waiting on the day when I make some soup :)

valmnz wrote on June 18, 2015, 3:12 PM

Homemade soup is high on my list at this time of the year in NZ. Afraid I have limited freezer space, so no storing as you do. However, I do make use of what I have available.

scheng1 wrote on June 20, 2015, 6:42 AM

I think you can use bones to add taste to the soup, and later add meat and vegetables.

KaraSkinner wrote on July 7, 2015, 7:48 PM

That's a great way to do it. I love having hot soup for dinner on cold winter nights but I've never been ambitious enough to make my own broth. However, I have been wanting to try it out and that's a great way to try.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 13, 2015, 10:15 PM

I do enjoy homemade soup and broths are great for when you are feeling under the weather. We use chicken quite often to make broths.