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What to Do With That Extra Broth

March 12, 2015

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I love making things more simple in the kitchen. I also am very fond of not being wasteful. And since I’m single, I’ve had to come up with even more tricks to make things more simple and less wasteful, because I don’t want to spend my life in the kitchen and I want to save money by not throwing away so much food! And I was wasting my extra broth, which was no good!

Have you ever found yourself in this situation? You’ve made a large batch of homemade broth and you know that you aren’t going to use it all right away, so you want to be sure to freeze some for future use. You may think about freezing it in containers or freezer bags….but there is another option that is actually pretty convenient…and will make it so that you don’t have to measure out your broth anymore!

I will admit that I used to measure out broth into 1 cup portions and freeze it in freezer bags. But I was running into a problem with recipes that called for 1/2 a cup or 3/4 a cup. I found that I was still wasting broth…and we can’t have that!

My favorite thing to do is to pour broth into ice cube trays and freeze it! The nice thing is that ice cube trays have pretty specific measurements.

Here is a simple chart that can help:

1 cube= 2 tbsp

2 cubes= 1/4 cup

3 cubes= 1/3 cup

4 cubes= 1/2 cup

5 cubes=2/3 cup

6 cubes= 3/4 cup

8 cubes= 1 cup

Knowing this have revolutionized how I use broth. I now freeze up leftover broth and store the cubes in a freezer bag. I just pull out the cubes I need and I’m good to go! If using broth in the slow cooker, just throw them in frozen. They will melt very quickly. The same is true for stove top soups and stews.

You can also use this trick for tomato sauce, wine, coffee (great for iced coffee) and juice.

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