At some point…we all have produce that has passed its prime or may no longer be “pretty” enough to serve up in a salad or side dish. Don’t waste ugly veggies or those that are on or about to hit the skids by dumping them in to the garbage. Instead..give them a second chance at life!
toss wrinkled tomatoes, ingredients from the veggie platter no one touched, limp spinach, onion ends, etc. into a gallon sized Ziploc freezer bag
pop the bag in the freezer
over the next few weeks…add additional veggies such as the ends of celery ribs, mushroom stems, wilted lettuce, etc. to the bag and refreeze
when your bag is full, add the entire contents to a soup pot sprayed with non-stick cooking spray (I use non-stick spray on practically every pot, pan and baking dish before adding ingredients.)
cook on medium heat until ingredients have almost thawed. Add about a cup of water or unsalted veggie stock to the pot along with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
when all veggies are tender use an immersion blender to puree right in the pot. (check out last week’s newsletter to learn more about immersion blenders) You may also use a regular blender to puree small batches
after your garbage soup is pureed it should resemble a thicker, homemade version of V-8 Juice…nothing but veggies!
pic below is a small sampling of my frozen garbage soup ingredients
make garbage soup your own!
You can eat it as is or get creative and add in any of the following: