How can I reuse or recycle leftover vegetables AFTER making stock?

making stockWe’ve had another email to Compost This which I’m pulling over here instead. This is from Joann:

Can I compost the mushy leftover veg after I’ve made stock?

Like I said regarding Weetabix, one of the general rules for a basic compost heap is to avoid putting things in there which will attract vermin. Just about all food stuff will rot down to compost, the key is to avoid the heap or non-sealed bin becoming a nuisance in the meantime.

In terms of those stock veggies, I would say a big giant no if they’ve been cooked with any meat, fish, bones or animal fat: the scent will probably cling to them and might cause a problem. If it’s just a veg stock though, it’ll be less of an issue so I’d probably compost them.

Before flinging them though, can they be put to any other ultra-thrifty/non-wasteful culinary uses?

I’ve heard some people keeping back starchy things to use as a thickener for soups or stews. I’ve also heard about people using them as a bulking agent – alongside plenty of meat/fish and grains – when making homemade pet food.

Any other suggestions?

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15 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle leftover vegetables AFTER making stock?”


  1. Miss Piggy says:

    Mash it, add a whisked egg, some flour, breadcrumbs, salt and a pinch of baking powder. Make burgers and fry them.

  2. I have actually never had a problem when I have put cooked vegetables that have been in meat stock or even scraps of meat that go into my compost. The worms have a go at it all and we have never had vermin, or cats or dogs attracted to it.

    To make something from it to eat efter words would be not be very nutritional I would think as all the “goodness” should have gone into the water otherwise you’re not doing it properly.

    I usually do my stock several times, so get an intense yield intially then a weaker one which I use straight away for cooking rice, saves on putting into another conatainer and doing the washing up, can even re-use the pan. AAArgh I am turning into my mother…..

  3. Nicole says:

    Usually if I’m using chicken, turkey, or ham then once I’ve made the stock then I’ll give the meat to my cat. She loves it and will even eat the tough gelatin pieces once they are softer.

  4. Bobbie says:

    Remember if making dog food, do not use onions. They will cause a dog to be anemic and should never be fed to them in any form.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just eat it. Yum!

  6. Lori says:

    We cube the boiled beef, potatoes and carrots and make russian salad (add mayonnaise, peas, cubed pickles). This is assuming the vegetables are not complete mush.

  7. Catherine says:

    Either a bokashi bin or a wormery will happily take cooked food and other things you shouldn’t normally put in a compost bin and turn it into wonderful soil-enriching stuff

  8. Anonymous says:

    I don’t really think it would be very healthy to use it in homemade dog food, there wouldnt be much nutrients left.

  9. Matt says:

    Use those veg. stock bits to make soup! Even in the summer, this makes a nice cold gazpacho-like cold soup:

    3-4 cups vegetable remnants from making stock — include a few of the peppercorns
    1 clove garlic
    1 Tbsp. lime or lemon juice
    1 Tbsp. tomato paste
    ! Tbsp. olive oil
    1 bullion cube of whichever flavoring you prefer
    A drop of honey, probably about 1/8 tsp.

    Blend all in a food processor until very smooth.

    Transfer to a larger bowl or saucepan, and whisk in enough water to reach your preferred consistency. I tend to like it thicker. To be a bit closer to traditional gazpacho, don’t forget to add a little bit of vinegar. Naturally, the more water you add, the more additional seasoning you may prefer to add.

    Chill and serve with a squeeze of lime, freshly chopped cilantro, and croutons (made from that crusty dry bread you don’t know what to do with!).

    I find this is a nice multi-purpose base in itself, for all different kinds of soup. I’ve even made dip out of it! It’s easy to freeze one cup portions for later use.

  10. Shorty says:

    I’d say use it as a filler for pet food if there’s no onions. But if you let it dry a bit and take out as much of the meat and fat as possible, the worms won’t mind.

  11. shannan says:

    Blend it smooth and add speices. Spread it onto a cookie sheet and bake on low intil crisp. Makes great crackers.

  12. LAC says:

    Once I poured off my vegetable stock, I blended the remaining veggies with a hand blender, added a little stock, salt and pepper, and made a yummy vegetable soup.

  13. K says:

    I just made some soup and a killer veggie pate out of my stock veggies. I modified this recipe: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/veggie-pate/Detail.aspx

    I don’t really think you can go wrong so long as you add enough flour/ nutritional yeast for thickness. I also added walnuts. YAY!

  14. I’ve just made a veg stock and used a lot of veg to make it tasty such as a carrot, leek, celery, turnip, onion, parsnip and a garlic clove. The garlic I used at the end of cooking. I found this site because I was looking for useful ways to use the left-over veg – such a shame to waste it, because it’s quite tasty.

    I, too, was thinking about the nutritional value as there probably isn’t any, since I let it boil for an hour and used 2 1/2 pints of water and then pureed it down.

    But reading this site has given me ideas. Could easily add nutritional food to it and turn them into like burgers or use them to make potato cakes etc. there are a lot of possibilities.

    What I would like to know is how long could I keep it frozen in the freezer.



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