The famed Jill Nussinow, better known as “The Veggie Queen“, is an avid reader of this website and recipes! She is ahead of the curve on reducing and reusing so it is no surprise how she can make a stock out parts of veggies that most of us would thoughtlessly throw away (I eat parsley stems but I’ve got to save those carrot ends, next time!) Her video recipe will change the way you cook, and have you saving tasty nuggets of flavor in your freezer for your next stock.

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In her own words…

If you’ve never made stock before, you’ll be surprised at the rich flavor, which adds body to any soup or stew. Giving up canned or boxed stock is easy when you can make your own so quickly. When you’re cooking with fresh vegetables, save the scraps, ends and pieces and use them to make great stock. Season it any way that you like.

It’s great to have homemade stock. When I double the recipe, I freeze half in zippered bags, freezer containers or ice cube trays. The stock cubes are great when you just need a couple of tablespoons for a recipe.

I prefer not to salt my stock, adding salt to taste when using it in cooking. Do remember to do this, as unsalted stock is bland compared to canned stock. Use stock anywhere that you would use canned or boxed broth.

Veggie Queen’s 5-minute Vegetable Stock
Makes 8 to 12 cups which is 2 to 3 quarts, depending upon the size of your cooker.1 onion, peeled and quartered
2 cups leek leaves
3-4 garlic cloves (optional)
3 carrots, cut into chunks
3 ribs (stalks) celery, cut into pieces
2 bay leaves (true bay not California bay)
A few peppercorns or up to 1 teaspoon
2 sprigs thyme or savory, or other herbs of your choosing (beware of using rosemary as it can be overpowering)
10 to 12 cups pure water, depending upon the size of your cooker.
Put all the ingredients in the pressure cooker. Lock the lid in place. Bring to high pressure over high heat. Lower the heat to maintain high pressure. When five minutes is up, turn off the heat and let the pressure come down naturally.Remove the lid, tilting it away from you.

Allow the stock to cool slightly. Then pour the stock through a strainer into containers (not directly into zippered bags). When you get to the vegetable matter, press it against the strainer to extract all the liquid and flavor. Cool and refrigerate for a few days, or keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Variation (see video):
When I am cooking, I save vegetable scraps such as the tops of leeks, ends of carrots,, stems of mushrooms, odd pieces of celery and more, in a plastic container or bag in my refrigerator. If I have enough to make stock at the end of the week, I do. If not, I label the bag and put it in the freezer. When I go to make stock, I use 4 to 6 cups of these assorted vegetable scraps to make stock instead of using fresh vegetables. To this, I add the bay leaves, peppercorns and other herb sprigs and follow the standard recipe for making stock above. You can use the vegetable scraps even if they are frozen, as they will defrost quickly in the pressure cooker.

Recipe Credit, Jill Nussinow The Veggie Queen

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  1. I’ve never made vegetable stock! I’m definitely going to try this. I have an 8 quart pressure cooker — how many cups of water should I use? (I’m a PC newbie!) Thanks!

  2. JL,
    You can add water up to the 2/3rds mark on the cooker, leaving space for the cooker to come to pressure but be sure to increase the amount of vegetables for increased water.

    I use a ratio (by eyeballing only) of about 1 part vegetable ingredients to 2 parts of water, making sure that I cover the vegetables.

    I hope that this helps.

  3. It does help! Thank you!

  4. Great recipe. I’ve also been thoughtlessly throwing away vegetable orts. Instead of putting them in a plastic bag that’s in the fridge I’d rather just always have the bag in the freezer. No need to wonder how long they’ve been moldering in the fridge.

  5. lumpynose, you sent me to the dictionary to look up “orts” though I knew from the context of your comment and what Jill wrote what it meant. I concur that keeping the bag in the freezer will remove any concern about whether or not the veggie scraps have been sitting around too long. Since I bought Jill’s DVD, her e-book and an earlier book, I’ve been motivated to save the “orts” for my own stock. I figured it would take a long time to save enough to make stock, but I’m surprised about how quickly it collects. I’ve already saved enough though I fear it’s a little heavy on celery and I don’t want the broth to taste only of celery. By the way I can enthusiastically recommend Jill’s book and DVD. Everything we’ve tried has been delicious.

  6. I love my pressure cooker. It is sitting bubbling away on the stove now making stock including some fennel trimmings and a splash of madeira. In the time it takes me to write this comment it is pretty much done, and you keep in much more of the herb flavours than if you cooked it in an open or unsealed pot.

  7. Haha…I save the ends and scraps of everything. Herbs go into a never ending pesto and veggie scraps get saved for stock. My wife calls the stock “garbage disposal” soup. I think it needs a better name.

    1. Geoff’s Minestrone?



  8. Hi. I know you answered this question, but I (unfortunately) need things explained in more concrete terms (sorry). As written with the amount of vegetables called for in the recipe, how many cups of water would be called for using the six quart Duo? Thank you.

    1. Start with 10 cups. Look at the mark on the side indicating 2/3 full. If it is covered, or nearly so, stop there.

      If you haven’t reached the mark, and the veggies are not covered yet (squash them down), add more water until either the veggies are covered by about half an inch, or you have reached the 2/3 mark.

      You need to cover the veggies. You can add as much extra water as you like above that (up to the 2/3 mark) But you will be diluting the flavour of the stock.

      I do not have an IP Duo. I assume it has the 2/3 mark that all pressure cookers SHOULD have. If it does not, Take the EMPTY pressure cooker and add 4 quarts of liquid. Scratch a mark on the side where the water comes to. This is your 2/3 mark. Empty the pot and return to the recipe.

      The other mark you may want to add is the half full line. This is used for beans and the like. For that, use 3 quarts of water to get your level.

  9. Making a vegetable stock, think strength… covering the vegetables with filtered water will make a weak stock, less water more strength…
    I had about 4 dl (1.7 cups) of frozen orts (peelings and leaves), added 1.2 dl (1/2 cup) filtered water. Since the veggies were frozen and consists in average of 50% water, the end result was a very concentrated 3 dl (1.25 cup) of broth, which was filtered through a mesh sieve, and then through a coffee filter, nice clear broth.
    Tip: Pressing the leftovers in the sieve with a spatula or spoon to extract extra fluid, as to the recipe, the broth will become murky. Solution; leave the broth orts for 1/2 hour, then you have harvested most of the broth and it will stay clear, to remove smaller particles from broth use a cheese cloth folded double in the sieve or a coffee filter.
    Note 2. The minimum fluid for a stove top WMF “Perfect” pressure cooker is 2.5 dl (1 cup)!

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