The fridge is starting to get full; those vegetables are still in there starting to go bad? Don’t throw them out! A crock-pot can save vegetables that have started to go bad. If a crock-pot is not available a regular saucepan on low heat will work great.
- Broth: take all the vegetables going bad cut the mold out of them, discard moldy pieces, and place the vegetables in a crock-pot. The more vegetables the better the flavor will be. Forgot about some meat, throw it in there too this is a great way to get rid of anything going bad. Add water to cover the vegetables and let everything simmer on low for a day. At the end of the day strain out the vegetables and what is left is a great homemade broth.
To make a great homemade soup lets clean out the fridge again. This time look for vegetables that are not moldy. It will not matter if they are fresh, frozen, cooked, or raw. Fresh vegetables as in most things will always bring the most flavor.
- Vegetable soup: using the trusted crock-pot toss in chopped vegetables that were in the fridge. Cover the vegetables with water add a pinch of salt, pepper. For every 2 cups of water add a tsp of Italian seasoning, tsp of paprika, and a tsp of coriander. Allow everything to simmer covered for up to 12 hrs, can be longer, and enjoy.
- Tomato soup: rough chop onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes toss them in 1 tbsp olive oil and tarragon. Place the vegetables on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, pull out rotate and bake for another 10 minutes. (This part can be avoided and everything can be dumped directly into the crock-pot if running low on time. ) Dump the vegetables into the crock-pot adding water to cover the vegetables allow everything to simmer for 1 hour. Blend everything together, can use a blender or a hand blender (which can be done in the crock pot). Once everything is mixed add in any other vegetables that may be in the fridge and allow to simmer up to 6 hours.
To make any soups meat add them at the beginning and allow to simmer. If desired may add pasta or rice however, keep in mind allowing these to simmer for a long time will make them mushy and over cooked. To avoid this add the rice about 20-30 minutes before serving and the pasta 15-10 minutes before serving.
Vegetables are all covered in mold? Don't just toss those either, sounds a little crazy but try composting.