A while back I told you how I’ve been making vegetable broth from veggie scraps in my Instant Pot. Sometimes I mix things up by making chicken stock, too! But suffice it to say that I’m on a roll and have been doing this just about every week now — we tend to end up with a lot of vegetable scraps, and since I often use broth in recipes it’s been great to have it handy without having to buy any. It’s so much more cost effective (and tastier) to make and freeze your own.
Homemade broth, by the way, is one of my very favorite uses for the Instant Pot. Use your own homemade veggie broth in recipes ranging from veggie burrito bowls to asparagus mushroom stir fry to curried chickpeas with spinach… as well as in sides from rice to mashed potatoes.
I’ve been making so much broth lately, though, that I’ve ended up with more than I can use most weeks and have been freezing the excess for busier days ahead. Although I started out just freezing two cups of broth per quart freezer bag, I found that often I needed a smaller amount for a recipe or to add a bit of flavor to a dish.
So, I’ve started pre-freezing vegetable broth in some silicone muffin tins I had in the back of my cabinet. It’s super easy just to pop the cubes of frozen broth out of the muffin pan and into a freezer bag for later, and then you have smaller amounts available for easy use in recipes. OK, I guess technically they aren’t cube shaped, but that’s not important for their final use…
Plus, bonus: You use up fewer freezer bags this way!
Go bigger or go home…
Standard muffin pans hold 1/3 cup of broth per muffin cup, so I’m thinking I might also pick up a set of jumbo silicone muffin pans that hold 1/2 cup per each. Half cup increments are more commonly used in recipes, and I could also use these to make jumbo egg “muffins.” Or if the lack of cube-ness bothers you with these, you could always go with a square mold like this one.
So, that’s my meal prep tip for the week
It’s such an easy way to save homemade broth for later use. What have you been doing to make your own meal prep easier lately?