Thursday, June 3, 2010
At my local farmers market I have noticed a definite change in the amount of people going there. I use to be able to get a parking spot on a Thursday- no problem. Now I have to get there earlier. I am glad to see more people buying local produce. But I hope they are aware that about half the farmers there right now are actually vendors from the local produce warehouses. Right now it's pretty obvious who the locals are. They are the ones with only what is in season. At harvest time it's not so easy to tell.
This is a great way to preserve some veggies for soups. I froze mine in small quantities but you certainly can make it like this recipe or this recipe and keep it in the fridge. I just couldn't see putting that much salt in when I could use my freezer.
Vegetable Bouillon Cubes
Mix it up with whatever you have on hand. The following is what I used.
4 large carrots
5 stalks celery
5 garlic cloves
6 big sun dried tomatoes (not in oil)
1 cup parsley
1 tablespoon kosher salt
In a food processor place garlic, peppercorns and parsley. Pulse until minced. Add the remainder of the ingredients, process until paste forms. Spoon into small plastic containers or into ice cube trays, freeze and transfer to a freezer safe bag.
How nice to have a quick vegetable broth that doesn't take up a lot of space in your freezer. Start your water boiling and add your bouillon cube and whatever else your going to use to make your soup.