How to Freeze Green Beans at Home

Do you want to know how to freeze green beans? Are you looking for the best storage option to use green beans throughout the year? Green beans are healthy and can help you to boost your digestion. However, fresh green beans are not available in all seasons. But you can store them in your freezer and use whenever you want.

Storage is easy, and you can store frozen green beans for almost a year. You might be thinking about how. Here are a few tips that can help you to store green beans in your freezer. You will have to take care of every detail, such as to pick the beans at the right time as well as following the right storage method.

How to Choose the Best Green Bean for Freezing?

For the storage, you will have to be a little choosy while picking green beans. Picking is important since if you choose wrong beans or at the wrong time, then you might not store them for long. Also, beans might lose the freshness and flavor if not chosen properly. The peak season to store green beans is from May to October. You can choose any day between these months to ensure the best outcome. In the peak seasons, yummy and fresh green beans will be available in your local store. Visit your local store and choose blemish-free, crisp, and bright-colored beans. Take extra caution to avoid the green beans with shivered ends or limp.

Make sure that these beans do not have small beans inside. Though the small beans do not affect the quality and taste of the green beans, still, these are not considered good for the storage. The size signifies that the bean is past its prime.

You will have to choose the freshest possible bean and freeze soon after picking them from the store or your garden. It is suggested to freeze on the same day. If you want to wait for some obvious reason like a busy schedule, then keep them in the freeze in the meantime.

Prep Your Freezing Containers

Your freezing container does not need much preparation. You can use jars, bags, and a freezer container to store green beans. All you need is to clean those containers and then make it completely dry. Any moisture is not suggested since it can damage the beans. After keeping green beans in the container or bag, you can simply shake them to compact beans.

How to Prep the Green Bean for Freezing

Now you have the fresh green beans and freeze containers. The next is how to prepare the beans for storage. You can consider any with or without blanching. We will discuss both the methods. To start with, use cool tap water to wash green beans. After washing, take a small handful of green beans and line up their stem ends and use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the stems. Repeat the process with the remaining beans. If required, you can trim off its tapered tail ends. As a lot of recipes need cut green beans, you can cut your beans into one-inch pieces for easy storage. If you want, you can store whole green beans depending on your preference. Both ways will offer the same benefit.

Wash your beans with water again to get rid of any dirt and then dry beans completely. Proper drying up is important to ensure better storage. You can use a paper or cloth towel to dry green beans completely. The drying up process will not take more than half an hour.

Now pack the beans into the jars, bags, or container. Seal the container following the manufacturer instructions and press hard to get rid of all the possible air. You can also use a freezer tape around the container lid edges to get a tight seal.

The above method will enable you to freeze green beans with blanching. Some suggested blanching for more effective storage. Blanching will demand one more step. You will have to boil beans in water for a few minutes and then dunk them in ice water. It will help green beans to maintain the flavor and color during freezing.

For boiling, get water in a large pot and boil them. Place beans into the boiling water for two to four minutes depending on the size of beans. While using large beans, you can boil for four minutes and small beans, the time should not exceed two minutes. Soon after, you will have to cool the beans quickly in rice water. Once the beans are cooled down, drain them and follow the same process for the storage. Pack the drained green beans into containers, bags, or jars. Shake the container to compact green beans and add more beans while leaving 1-2 inch headspace.

Package and Label Your Green Bean

After packing the beans in the container by following the above instructions, the next step is to label those containers. You will have to label each container with the content name, packaging date, and amount. It is important to mention all the details in the labeling. Otherwise, you might forget the packaging date and might not use them at the right time.

How to Freeze Your Green Beans

If you are using bags, then rearrange your bags in such a way that you can lay them as flat as possible. This will ensure quick freezing and will preserve the original flavor and taste of your beans as well. Lay the containers or bag flat to the freezer in the batches. Besides, leave some space near the container so that air can easily circulate. Now, your beans are safe in the freezer. You can use them whenever you want for cooking.

How Long Can Frozen Green Beans Be Stored?

As stated earlier, frozen green beans can be stored for a long time up to a year if you follow the right freezing method or choose the right green beans. You can store frozen beans around nine months while using a conventional freezer. If you want to store even longer, then you can use a deep freeze appliance.

Advantages of eating in season

Advantages of eating in season are many, but If you are willing to harvest from your backyard orchard, and/or vegetable garden or visit your local u-pick farm and preserve your food you can save a great deal and eat better too. Even purchasing in season at your local grocer can save your family money.

Here is a quick list of some of the benefits:

  • Your produce will taste better.  Produce harvested when it’s naturally at its best will mean it will also taste its best and give you the optimum nutrients.
  • It will save you money. In-season produce is often on-sale produce and or less expensive for a quick sale. Especially, if you are willing to visit the local farmer’s market or visit the local u-pick farms and replace money with a little family work and exercise.
  • You’ll discover new, fruit and vegetable choices. The world of fruits, vegetables, and roots is a larger one than most of our shopping habits indicate. Eating in season will introduce you to new types of fruits, vegetables, and roots and give you more knowledge of nutritious choices. Many heirloom varieties do not ship or store well and therefore will not be in the supermarket.
  • Eating in season also tends to support local growers, which helps the local economy and reduces pollution. Also, as you get to know your local farmer and you will be helping to keep what remains of the local family famil alive for the future. In speaking and making friends with your local farmer you may find there are other opportunities to broaden your diet as many raise heritage livestock, which can make their way to your table. They can let you what crop will next be available and when.

How to Grow Tepary Beans In Your Garden

Tepary beans are native to the Americas and have been planted by the local people for thousands of years. Tepary beans are creamy and nutty in flavor, and they can be used in any dish. They are perfect for soups and stews. Though they are small in size, tepary beans are dense and meaty. They are easily grown in Sunset climate zones. They are rich in nutrients and grow from 1 to 3 feet tall with a foot spread of 3 to 4 foot. They are known as the most heat-tolerant crop in the world. They are mostly planted during summer and monsoon season which produces infrequent rains from July to August. Let’s see how to grow tepary beans?

Advantages Of Growing

Growing is one of the most popular hobbies in America these days. Growing and gardening are considered the best way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Growing gives the gardener, the ability to experiments with new seeds and new varieties. Growing plants at your home can provide you more control over the quality and longevity of the plants. Growing plants is an art; one can use many different techniques.

Direct Sowing

Direct sowing is also known as direct seeding, which means that you directly start planting seeds in the garden than buying plants and transplanting the plants. Sowing seeds directly do not mean that you just plop some seeds in the ground and leave it for the results. You need to take care of some of the factors before sowing, make sure that the area is weed-free, though there is competition for water and nutrients; it’s quite easy to mistake sprouting weed seed for your flower or vegetables and accidentally pulling out them. Make sure you plant seeds 3 times deep as their circumference is. Some seeds require light to germinate. Then, what you need to do is gently press into the damp soil so that they can make good contact with light and air. Always mark the spot first where you want to sow the seed because you may think you remember, but you don’t so it’s better to mark the spot. Don’t wash the seeds away, water gently. It is crucial to keep the soil moist, but not soaking, until the seeds germinate. Once you have had good germination, continue to pamper the seedlings until they become mature plants.

Growing seedlings

A seedling is a young plant which develops from a plant embryo from a seed. Development of a seedling starts with the germination of the seeds.

  • Deciding the best time to plant your seeds: When you start your plants too late, it may not have enough time to get mature so start your plants a little early so that it gets enough time to get mature.
  • Gather all the supplements you need: Germinating healthy seeds require quite a few things. First of all, you need seeds, a seedling tray or a food storage container, a plastic wrap, a small fan, and a timer. If you have used the supplies before make sure to clean them before using them again.
  • Plant your seeds: Before you start planting your seeds, soak the Rockwool cubes for at least half an hour. Make sure to plant the appropriate number of seeds based on their crop types.
  • Ideal Conditions for germination: Once you are done with the planting of seeds, it’s time to provide them with ideal conditions for germination. Green leafy seeds and herbs germinate well in the range of 55-75degree F, whereas fruity crops require upper range. Also, make sure that you cover the seedling tray with a plastic wrap.
  • Keep your seedlings healthy: As soon as you see something green coming out of the seeds, make sure to give them proper light, especially in winter. If it’s too cold outside to place your plant outside, use fluorescent bulbs and keep it inches away from your plants.
  • Strong seeds: Make your seeds strong by performing some tasks such as set a small fan and gently blow on them, make sure they get proper sunlight.

Transplanting seedlings

Transplanting the seedlings should be done with a very gentle hand and not roughly. Use a blunt knife ease the seedlings without disturbing the preceding seedlings in the line or tearing out the seedlings.

To transplant, the seeds, loosen the soil and fill each container with planting mix. Handle seedling by their leaves and make sure that you do not damage the soft stems of the plants. Poke a hole into the planting mix and place the seedling over there. Water it right away and keep it out of direct sunlight for a few days. After 10-11 days the seedlings are ready to be kept outside.

Insect and pest control

Insect and pest control treatment for seeds includes the application of pesticide to the surface to reduce or control the pests. Apply a chemical barrier to the seed so that it can protect the young seedlings from getting damaged by the insects. You may use systematic pesticides.

Controlling Diseases and Problems

Tepary beans, in my experience, don’t have many problems and the few they have can be handled like any other garden bean.  However, there is one really important thing to remember, which is that tepary beans are a desert bean and are water misers, so, they need minimal water and certainly much less than other traditional garden beans.  Actually, tepary beans tends to be more productive and mature earlier if once established and flowering, if they experience some mild lack of water stress.

When are tepary beans ready to harvest ripe?

The days of maturity depends on the cultivator, but can range from 60 – 120 days to harvest as dry beans.  Tepary beans are harvested for their dry bean seeds, so don’t get in a hurry to harvest them and let them dry on the plant, if possible.

Harvesting

Begin harvesting of tepary beans seeds a the bean pods dry out.  Keep in mind that tepary beans are most a wild beans and will shatter and drop their seeds if left too long. Also, the bean pods will be brittle when dry, so, harvest gently to minimize your bean seed loss.  You will want to shuck the bean pods after allowing them to finish drying in a cool try environment to be sure they are completely dry.   The dry tepary bean seeds can be stored in a cool place and saved for cooking until the for food purposes for up to five years.

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How to Grow Runner Beans

How to Grow Runner Beans

Actually, runner beans are very easy to grow. Summer is incomplete without the runner beans for many people. Many people love to garden as a favorite pastime.  

Runner beans are very nutritious and healthy. Runner beans are good to eat and can be used and preserved in all the ways you can use string beans. If you wish to use runner beans as green or string beans the younger you pick them the more tender they will be.

The seeds from the older pods can be harvested and eaten or dried stored for later use. This is an opportunity most American gardeners miss, but will to the store and by Cannellini beans.  Cannellini beans, as it happens, are variety runner beans.

I once had a friend (knowing that I would not mind) who would come over and raid my runner beans when it looked like I was too busy with the day job to keep up with the harvest.  Both our families cook and use runner beans like lima (Butter Beans). 

 It does not need a proper place to grow up. It can grow among flowers and all. It can reduce the risk of heart disease. It can also prevent the chance of colon cancer. It can control diabetes. It can boost your immunity. For the good eye health, runner beans are very good. It can also help you to improve the bone health of your body. This vegetable helps you to keep your stomach working properly.

Runner beans can grow in a container. The container can dry out easily. So, you need to water them frequently. According to the size of the container, a very small amount of runner beans can grow in a single container. Pots can also restrict the growth of the plant.

Direct Sowing:

  • Direct sowing is an easy process. It can be done at any time of the whole year. This process means to plant the seeds directly into the soil of the garden. There are actually three main parts of direct sowing such as preparation, sowing the seeds and taking care of it.

Soil Preparation:

  • It is important to set the bed for the seed. It should be done before a couple of weeks of sowing.
  • Amend the soil means to add valuable and vital nutrients to the soil. The soil analysis is very much needed in this stage.
  • After the amending part, you will have to wait for a few days for the weeds to sprout and after that remove them with the use of a small hoe.
  • Then layout your bed.

Sowing the seeds:

  • Before doing the direct sowing, you will have to decide how the vegetables will grow and use for. You should have to give water to the soil before the day of planting. After the sowing procedure, you will have to provide the seeds with enough water to drink. Seeds basically need three valuable things to germinate such as moisture, light, and temperature.

Care:

  • Caring for runner beans after sowing consists of weeding the bed, re-sowing and weather protection for the crops and plants.

Growing seedlings:

  • Seedlings need more micro-climate to grow than older plants. If you are planning to grow seedlings of runner beans, then you will have to take some special care.

Transplanting seedling:

  • To transplant seedlings, you will have to fill each new container with the moist planting mix. You will have to loosen the soil around the seedlings by using a kitchen fork. You will have to take special care of handling the seedlings by their leaves to avoid the damage.

Succession Planting:

  • Succession planting is a very efficient way to grow runner beans and other vegetables. The methods of succession planting increase the availability of crops.
  • Insect and Pest Control: For any kinds of sowing, it is essential to do insect and pest control. By controlling the pest, you can ensure the growth of the crops. You can use many DIY methods to control the pest and insects. You can also hire pest control to remove and kill them.
  • Controlling Diseases and Problems: By using proper medicines, you can control diseases and other problems related to this. Fungi used to take their energy from the growing plant. These fungi are mainly responsible for the damage of the crops and plants. You will have to identify the problem that causes hamper to your plant and solve it accordingly.

When are bush beans ready to harvest ripe?

  • Generally, bush beans should be ready in 50-55 days. The maturity time depends on the variety of its growing.
  • Green beans: Green beans are tender and tasty. Your plants provide a continual production all the seasons.
  • Dry beans:
  • These beans are ready for harvest in 70-120 days. Dry beans are actually growing to full maturity.

Harvesting:

  • Weeding, watering, and mulching are essential until the runner beans are harvested. You will have to apply an occasional liquid to fertilizer feed them. This procedure will begin in the mid-summer and continue to the first frosts. Runner beans actually crop just after the French beans. It is a very productive, beautiful and delicious vegetable to grow. You will have to pick the beans regularly to encourage future production.

Storing Runner Beans:

  • Runner beans are actually prolific. You can store it for a long time depending on the method used.
    • Blanching, then freezing the runner beans as green beans is an easy option. Once frozen runner beans can be safely stored up to nine months in an ordinary freezer, and fourteen months in a deep freeze in a vacuum-packed bag. 
    • You can keep fresh runner beans in the salad drawer of the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. You will have to use the oldest beans at first.
    • It takes a week actually to dry runner bean seeds at home, but once dry and stored the dry beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry spot, runner beans can be safely kept for up to five years, then cook much like dry lima beans.
    • Young Runner beans can also be dried as leather breeches beans (dry green beans) a heritage method, which is nearly forgotten, then rehydrated and eaten for up to two years.

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What is Dried Fruit?

Dried fruit is a fruit in which the vast majority of the water has been removed. The drying fruit can be accomplished through a variety of techniques, such as sun drying or through the use of specialized equipment such as dehydrators or dryers.  Dried fruits are portable and last longer than fresh fruits. In addition to that, they are also very convenient meaning that you can store them in your bag and carry them with you as long as you want without worrying that they will get crushed or spoiling. The idea of drying fruits is believed to have originated in the middle east and the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. Today this technique is widely used across the world to preserve fruits.

Is dried food healthy?

YES, dried fruits are healthy. Most people usually think that dried fruits are not nutritious like fresh fruits, but that is not true. Dried fruits contain all essential minerals and nutrients that fresh fruits have. The only difference between the two is fresh fruit contain water content while dried fruits have very little water content. Multiple studies have revealed that dried fruits are packed with vitamin, fiber, minerals, and phytochemicals that can enhance your overall body health and wellness. Many dried fruits are high in high-quality fiber that helps to prevent obesity and heart-related diseases. They are also packed with antioxidants such as phenol that has been clinically proven to help lower the risk of diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer.

Most common methods of drying/dehydrating fruit at home

Nowadays, most people prefer to consume dried fruits because they are highly nutritious, very delicious, easy to prepare, and also easy to carry. Dehydrating is also a preservation technique because it helps to remove moisture from the fruits, thus preventing molds, yeast, and bacteria from attacking and spoiling the fruit. When drying fruit at home, three things are required. They include low heat to allow the moisture to evaporate, low humidity to let moisture to leave the fruit to the air, and proper circulation of air to accelerate the drying process. In this section, we are going to discuss the most common methods of drying/dehydrating foods at home.

1. Sun drying

Drying fruit in the sun is not only safe but also an economical way to perverse fruit. Sun drying is one of the oldest fruit drying techniques, and it still used to date by many people across the globe. To use this technique to dry fruit, you need to plenty of sunshine, low humidity, and a steady breeze. Fruits have high acid and sugar content, which make sun drying an ideal drying method. To successfully dry fruit in the sun, you need good air flow and warm temperatures (minimum of 85 degrees). The high temperature will help extract moisture content from the fruit while good airflow will help to disperse the moisture to the surrounding air. Low humidity is also crucial for successful drying. Experts recommend that humidity level should not exceed 60%.

There is no doubt that sun drying is a slow process of drying fruits because it is dependent on whether which is highly unpredictable. Achieving an ideal mixture of proper air flow, humidity, and the temperature is always very difficult, making this process unreliable and time-consuming.

2. Dehydrators

A dehydrator is a device that helps to remove moisture from the fruits to prolong its lifespan. The use of dehydrators to dry fruits is widely used because it is efficient, reliable, and predictable. Most pundits say the dehydrators produce the best quality of dried fruits compared to other drying methods because they help to dry fruits evenly, thus them to retain their nutritional content. The drying process can take 8-24 hours depending on the thickness soft the slices, amount of water content available on the fruit, humidity, temperature, and altitude. Dehydrators are very easy to sue. All that you need to do is wash the fruit, cut it into small pieces, place them in a tray, then put them in the dehydrator to dry. Once the drying process is complete, allow the fruit to cool then touch it your fingers to feel if it is dry. If you are satisfied that the fruit is dry, remove them, place them in packed jars then store them in a cool, dry place.

3. Oven Drying

Another way to dry your fruit is by using an oven. However, this process is usually slower than using a dehydrator because the oven doesn’t have a built-in fan to aid in air circulation, which is a crucial component that speeds the drying process. In addition to that, they also use more energy to dry fruits when compared to dehydrators. However, drying fruits using an oven is better than using other conventional methods such as sun drying. It is also a simple and straightforward process. All that you need to do is place the fruits in baking sheets then place them on the oven, set the required temperature then give it time for the fruit to dry. The time taken for the fruit to dry will depend on its moisture content, size of the slices, among many other factors. Once they have thoroughly dried and cooled down, remove them from the oven for storage.

Conclusion

In conclusion, drying fruits is highly recommended and can make them last for long. Contrary to what many people think, dried fruits are not harmful to your health. Dried fruits are very beneficial and have essential nutrients and minerals that can help enhance your overall health and wellness. However, if you want to get the nutritional value of dried fruits, then you need to ensure that the fruit is well dried. As discussed above, there are many methods that you can use to dehydrate your fruit at home. We recommend that you use a dehydrator, which is simple, straightforward, and reliable.

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How To Dry Apricots In A Dehydrator

Apricots are a popular fruit that is consumed by millions of people across the world. They are not only yummy, but they are also very nutritious. A recent study revealed that just 100g of fresh or dried apricots can enrich you with 12% of vitamin A and C and 6% potassium, a vital mineral that helps to enhance your overall health and wellness. Apricots are also rich in fiber which helps to lower bad cholesterol, high in antioxidants which helps your body to get rid of toxins and calcium with helps in the formation and development of bones. Unfortunately, apricots are highly perishables and fresh apricots can only last for a few days when stored in a refrigerator. If you want this highly nutritious fruit to last for long, then you need to dry them. Dried apricots can last up to 2.5 years and still maintain their nutritional value. But the big question is, how are apricots dried? In this article, we are going to give you step by step process on how to dehydrate apricots at home.

1. Ensure that the apricots are fully ripe

  • One of the biggest mistakes that people make is dehydrated under-ripe apricots. If you do so, then you will not enjoy them because they will be bitter. Therefore, before you start the dehydration process, ensure that they are fully ripe so as to enjoy their delicious taste when they are dried.

2. Wash the fruits thoroughly

  • Before you start the drying process, ensure that you wash each fruit thoroughly with clean water to remove dirt, debris, insects, and dirt that have mounted on its outer skin. Experts advise that you should only wash the apricot if you want to use it. This is because once this fruit is washed, water usually gets inside core making it rot. Therefore, you should not wash them if you are not planning to use them immediately.

3. Cut the apricot along the seam

  • Cut the apricot along the seam with a sharp knife to split the fruits into half. Remove any bad spot then place them into the dehydrator sheets. If you are not planning to consume your apricots within 2-3 months, then we recommend that you should pre-treat them before dehydrating them. This will help to prevent browning. This can be done using lemon juice. Also, make sure you remove any bad spot on the fruit.

4. Turn the apricot halves inside out

  • Take each half of the apricot then press them up with your thumb to turn the fruit inside out. This will help expose the interior of the fruit to the heat for even drying. Gently place the apricots on trays and ensure that you leave space between them so that they can all dehydrate properly. We recommend that you place at most 10 apricots per tray and they should be evenly spaced.

5. Dehydrate the apricots

  • Before you start dehydrating the apricots, make sure the dehydrator is placed in a well-ventilated area with plenty of space. This will help prevent your house from getting too hot. Gently place the dehydrator sheets with apricots to the dehydrator. Dehydrate the apricots for a period between 16- 20 hours while rotating the trays after a few hours for even cooking. Once the apricots have fully dehydrated, unplug the dehydrator then allow the dried apricots to cool down completely before removing them from the dehydrator.

6. Store the apricot

  • The place where you store the dried apricot is very important. We recommend that you store the apricots in mason jars or a resealable jar. Make sure that you remove as much air as you can to prevent moisture or mold build up. Place them in a cool dark place like the pantry. Place them in the refrigerator if you to store them for a long period of time.

Where should you place the dehydrator to avoid overheating your home?

  • Because the dehydrator produces a lot of heat, where you place this machine is very important. Experts recommend that it should be placed in a well-ventilated place because it will get hot when you switch it on.  There should not be anything behind or above the dehydrator to block airflow.  If you live a warm dry area, then you could place it outside or in the garage with the door partially open or on the patio to prevent overheating the house. However, if you keep it outside or on your patio then you should watch out for insects such as ants which are usually attracted by the smell of food.

Should apricots be peeled?

  • Not for drying and most recipes don’t require you to peel off the soft skin. The only time when you may be required to peel the skin if when you are using apricots as an ingredient to prepare baked foods. In this case, the skin needs to be peeled off because it can change the appearance and texture of the end product. If you have to peel the skin off, then all that you need to do is place the fresh apricot in boiling water for about 20 seconds then drop them immediately into ice water. This will make the skin to peel off easily.

Do apricots need to be pre-treated?

  • It is not a must to pre-treat apricots before storage if you are planning to consume within a short period of time (less than 2 months). However, if you want to store them for a long period of time (more than 2 years) then pre-treating is necessary.  Also, pre-treatment generally improves the appearance of dried apricots and will help to prevent browning of fruits prior to dehydrating. If you pre-treat the apricot, then it should be stored in freezer bags or in airtight containers. If you are using freezer bags, then you should ensure that all air is removed before sealing the bag. This will help to keep mold and moisture away.

Vegetable Stock

Vegetable stock can be used to replace the meat stock or water in just about any recipe. It adds a hint of flavor and extra nutrition to soups, risotto, and more. This very basic recipe is really just a guideline – there is no right or wrong recipe for vegetable stock. You can add just about anything – a solitary mushroom or tomato sitting in your fridge, the potato skins you didn’t want in your mashed potatoes – and if you don’t have one of the ingredients listed here, just substitute something else.

Servings

  • 6 cups

Time

  • 45 minutes

Equipment

  • large stock pot
  • colander

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 stalks celery and a few of their leaves
  • 1 bunch scallions (both white and green parts)
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 8 cloves crushed garlic
  • 8 parsley sprigs
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Quarts water

Directions

  • Scrub and roughly chop onion, carrots, celery, and scallions.
  • Heat the oil in the pot over high heat, add the vegetables, garlic, and herbs
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add salt and water, bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  • Strain and use, or let cool and store in refrigerator or freezer.

Notes

  • Stock freezes well, so make a big batch, then freeze as ice cubes or in small containers and then pull out as much broth as you need the next time you make soup.