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How to make vegetable stock

And eight ways to use it

It's not unusual to buy a bunch of celery only to need two stalks of it. And let's not even get started on the seemingly endless amount of stems one accumulates while making kale salad. What's a person to do with all of these scraps?

Vegetable stock is a simple way to add layers of depth to your food while using up the leftovers that would otherwise be, well, scrapped. It's also incredibly easy to make: Throw a bunch of ends, stems, and leaves into a large pot of salted water, bring it to a boil, and let time do the rest of the work. You can add cheese rinds, wine, soy sauce, herbs, and any other flavorings you desire — consider it a blank canvas. When the stock is finished, store it in the fridge or freezer — that way, when the mood strikes, you're always prepared to make one of the warming soups, stews, and risottos below (and remember that you can almost always substitute in vegetable broth when a recipe calls for chicken or beef).

Goodbye waste, hello dinner.

How to make vegetable stock without a recipe by Marian Bull

Brothy, garlicky beans by Merrill Stubbs

Winter squash soup with (less) red chile and mint by Nicholas Day

Savory wild mushroom aoup by mariaraynal

Thyme-scented fennel and leek soup by AntoniaJames

Celeriac and potato soup with mushroom, walnut, and celery leaf by Maja Lukic- Veggies & Gin

Oven butternut squash risotto by Jacky

Butternut squash, Brussels sprout, and bread stuffing with apples by Gena Hamshaw

Roasted carrot soup by Reeve

This story was originally published on Food52.com: How to make vegetable stock and 8 ways to use it

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