Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Broth Bag to the Rescue
In this case, lamb was way marked down. I got some chops for that day and a boneless leg of lamb for whenever I have guests. To go with the chops, I decided on vichyssoise and green beans.
When I got home, I realized that I had not bought any chicken broth. When I don't plan ahead and haven't looked at the recipe for a while, these things happen. Darn, and I had eaten chicken the night before and not saved the bones. I did, however, have a half-filled broth bag in the freezer and vegetable broth is better than just plain water. I pulled it out and rummaged through for trimmings that would go with the vichyssoise. The recipe only needs a pint of broth, so I tossed in 2-1/2 cups of water and enough bits to flavor that much, about an equal amount. That simmered while I played a few online games and took a shower, then it was time to make soup.
I have only been keeping a broth bag for about a year, but it's a great idea. I fill it with vegetable cuttings and peels whenever I cook, and make a batch of broth when the gallon bag is full. The taste is never exactly the same, so you can make a recipe slightly different each time. The project costs nothing and saves quite a bit of money over time. All around, it's a great idea!