There are a lot of recipes that I use that require Veggie broth. This is the most cost effective and easiest way to make your own veggie broth in the crock pot!
To make your broth, you first need a gallon or 2 bags of veggie scraps from your freezer. To start this bag of goodies, begin saving all of your washed veggie scraps! From onion tops and bottoms, to garlic wrappers, to skinned carrots, any veggie scrap you normally throw out that isn't rotten (those go in the compost) can go in your veggie scrap bag! You then start adding and adding and every time you add a scrap, you just simply pop back into the freezer! So easy, and so green! This bag of scraps will get frost bite but that's ok! There are still plenty of nutrients in those scraps that will add such complexity to your broth :)
Once you have filled your veggie bag, you can start your broth. In this recipe, I only used one bag of frozen veggie scraps, and still the broth came out perfect :)
The next step is to dump your scraps into your crockpot, add a few bay leaves and fill with water to cover. Turn in on high for 5 hours and let it cook!
After 5 hours, begin to strain your broth into a bowl to separate the veggies from the broth. To stretch my scraps even further, I toss them in the compost ;) Store your broth overnight, covered in plastic wrap so that it will cool.
Your broth should have a reddish brown color and smell oh so yummy!
Once the broth has cooled, start ladling it into small zip lock bags and just pop in the freezer, propped up in your freezer shelf. Each small zip lock bag measures approximately 2 cups, leave about an inch or 2 of head space when filling because the liquid will expand as it freezes :)
I put the broth into bags by using a large measuring cup and placing the opened bag into it, followed by the funnel. Then just ladle the broth into the bags!
So that's it! Now you can start saving your scraps to make this frugal broth, enjoy!!