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Vegetable Stock – Make Your Own Homemade Veggie Broth

Summer Yule
Don’t throw out those vegetable trimmings! A lot of veggie scraps that are typically discarded can be used to make a rich vegetable stock instead.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 5 mins
Course Prevent Food Waste
Cuisine American
Servings 12 1-cup servings
Calories 5 kcal


  • 1 gallon bag frozen vegetable trimmings (about 4 L; see post above for suggestions on what to include)
  • 12-15 cups water
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  • Note: This recipe fits a 7-quart (6.6 L) slow cooker. If you have a smaller crockpot, you may need to use less water and fewer veggie trimmings.
  • Once you've collected sufficient veggie trimmings, put them in your slow cooker with the water and apple cider vinegar. You are also welcome to add additional spices or bones (if desired). I added a few chicken feet to this batch. Make sure you use enough water to fully submerge the vegetables.
    vegetable stock ingredients in crockpot
  • Put the lid on your slow cooker, set it to low, and let it cook for 24 hours. You can skim off any scum that rises to the top of the pot during the cooking period.
  • After cooking, put a large colander over a large bowl. Line the colander with a layer of cheesecloth. Strain the stock through the cloth so that it collects in the bowl. Discard the vegetable trimmings.
  • Let the stock cool. If it will be used within a couple of days, you can store it in glass canning jars in the refrigerator.
  • Any stock that will not be used within a couple of days should be frozen. Pour it into cocktail ice cube trays and place the trays in the freezer. After freezing, remove the cubes from the trays and store in freezer bags.


This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). The exact amount of calories in your vegetable stock will vary based on the ingredients used. In general, homemade vegetable broth is a very low-calorie item. Store-bought veggie broths often contain only 5 calories per cup!
You can use your homemade veggie stock to help boost the fluid volume of your meals for very few calories. As mentioned above, it’s great in soups, stews, casseroles, and sauces. Make vegetable broth your secret ingredient when you want to add some extra flavor to dishes.


Calories: 5kcal
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