14 July 2008

The Scrap Sack

Meg and I are preparing for soup. As we bring in the grub from the garden, we are saving the scraps from the cleaning and chopping in a one-gallon freezer bag. Our intention (oh what a safe word that is) is to eventually boil the bits down as part of a vegetable broth or stock.

I've done it before and it worked out great but, understandably, no two batches ever taste alike. Just think of it as less waste and more taste (Yep, that seals it, I'm the biggest fucking dork alive. And what's with all these parentheticals? Dag.).

11 comments:

Katie said...

Is that the shirt you are referencing, or your hilarious rhyming?

Taylor said...

The scrap sack is the best thing ever! Ours is a scrap tupperware that lives in the freezer, but I've had some marvelous stock come from it!

The frustration is, as you say, that no two batches are ever alike. You can never recreate a really good one...

Taylor said...

The scrap sack is the best thing ever! Ours is a scrap tupperware that lives in the freezer, but I've had some marvelous stock come from it!

The frustration is, as you say, that no two batches are ever alike. You can never recreate a really good one...

Kelly said...

I do the same thing and enjoy the surprise factor that comes from working with different piles of scrap. But I cook like that in general. In the fall when I start making stew and chili, Chris always says "write that one down, okay? I'd like to taste it again." and I say... "I have no idea how much of what I actually put in it."

ah well... I figure it's my job to help the family live in the moment. Or something.

Kathie said...

I do the same thing - my freezer is always full of interesting things in various stages of preparation. Keeps life interesting and less wasteful that's for sure!

Lewru said...

Nice Terrapin Station.

Michelle Ellis said...

Yes scrap is hot!

(Sorry, had to prove that you are not alone in 'the biggest fucking dork' catagory)

Alan said...

Our scraps go in a plastic coffee can, but they rarely make it to the stove. Feeding the chickens seems to take precedence. Only time scraps make it into the stock pot is when it's chili making season. Then anything is fair game.

Kelly said...

Hey Katie,
Your rhetoric is amusing. Here I thought all Californians liked tie-dye:)

Hello Taylor,
I have to admit that I am cheating a bit. I'm saving all the broccoli scraps into one bag for broccoli and beer-cheese soup.

Hello Kelly,
Piles of scrap certainly test our abilities for invention. The only predictability I've found in scrap bag cooking is that if I can figure out what the dominant ingredient is, then I can usually toss in an educated guess with the herbs. Other than that I am at the mercy of the moment and I am more than okay with that.

Hey Kathie,
A full freezer usually leads to a full stomach and I am in full support of that.

Hello Lewru,
Thanks, it's my favorite Dead studio album.

Hey Michelle Ellis,
It's so hot. And thanks for the dork support.

miriam said...

great idea and your cursing is a kick---. i'm too chicken to say the f word---i'm afraid the blog censor will appear on screen and slap my wrist.

Twinville said...

Looks like a bag my chickens would like to have ;o)

Wow. I think my jaw dropped at the sight of the 'F' word on your wholesome farming blog.
Are you feeling ok?