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MoFo #26: budget tricks – veggie broth & what to do with leftover tomato paste

After being a student for 9 years I am pretty sure I will forever be a cheapskate. I hate when a recipe calls for 1-2 tbsp of tomato paste but then the rest of the can goes to waste in the fridge. Here is a perfect solution for that: freeze it! You can spoon the rest of the can into lumps on a sheet of wax paper and pop it in the freezer:

Once frozen solid, place the lumps into a baggie or a container and then you have tablespoon-sized lumps to throw into a recipe when needed (and you don’t need to open up a new can).

Another trick, which is pretty popular it seems, is to freeze your veggie scraps and make your own broth. Whenever I am chopping veggies, I just throw the scraps into a bag I keep in my freezer. When it’s full, I make a batch of broth. I’m not very picky about which veggies I use. I’ve used onion, potato peel, carrot, celery, broccoli stalks, etc. I’ve read to avoid using any greens in your broth though, as they can make it bitter. As you can see, we eat a lot of onions in this house.

Just place your frozen veggie scraps in a pot with water and simmer for awhile. If I’m just puttering around the house I let mine go for a couple of hours.

When you are done simmering, strain the broth into a bowl and discard the scraps.

And you are left with a nice, sodium-free broth. If I’m going to use the broth in the next while, I put it in a glass jar in the fridge. Otherwise I freeze it for later use.

What are your favourite money-saving tips?

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