So...I made homemade vegetable stock! I saw the idea on a blog months ago, and promptly decided to start saving all of my veggie scraps in the freezer. I kept on thinking that I didn't have enough veggies to fill my pot. Let's just say that I definitely overestimated the size of my pot. When I finally decided to make the stock, I could only fit maybe half of the veggies I had in the pot. I wanted to get as much as I could out of the veggies, so I cooked everything for a total of 4 hours (Christina only did 3), and I added water to refill the pot at the 1, 2 and 3 hour marks. I really don't have a recipe for this - like Christina, I just threw all of the veggie scraps I had been saving into the pot, added some dried and fresh herbs, and let it do its thing! I think that my veggie scraps included onions, leeks, carrots, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, potatoes and bell peppers. I had frozen a bunch of wilted basil a while ago I threw in. I also put in a big handful of garlic cloves and a few bay leaves. At the 2 hour mark I added a generous sprinkling of herbs de provence and coarsely grated black pepper, and at the 3 hour mark I added 1 tbsp salt. I figured I had maybe half of what Christina did, and she used 2 tbsp and said it wasn't very salty. I thought it was a bit salty, which is why I kept on adding water when it cooked down. Next time I would probably add a little less salt. All in all this is a GREAT way to get everything you can out of your veggies, and make a really healthy and flavorful stock.
And I used this stock to make a really great soup!
My straining apparatus
Look at all of that stock! Almost 4 quarts!
The cooked veggies at the end - barely anything left!