Make your food waste more a-peeling
As long as your veg parings are clean and free of dirt they can be simmered with water to make delicious stock bases. Carrot peelings, leek tops, the root ends and leaves of celery, mushroom stalks, onion skins, fennel trimmings and even herb stalks can be put in the pot.
Use the flavoured stock for soups, risottos or for adding to casseroles. For something more meaty simmer your trimmings with some chicken or meat bones.
Brassicas are best avoided though, so anything such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower or sprouts should be left out as they have a tendency to make stocks bitter and rather smelly.
Also avoid starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, as they will turn your stock cloudy.
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