Soup Stock, and Coco

We always recycle, reuse, repurpose everything that we can here on Widder Island. We also create lovely piles of compost from our garden and kitchen waste. Everything organic, except meat, goes into the compost bins, and is covered in a layer of leaves, grass clippings, that sort of thing, then left to its own devices. We don’t turn it or add anything special. We rotate through three bins and when one is full we empty it on a compost pile to age some more, then it goes onto the gardens … to grow things that contribute their little bit to the on-going cycle.

Recently I started recycling our veggie scraps …

Anything that isn’t actually moldy or rotten

Anything that isn’t actually moldy or rotten

… and freeze them until we got a full bag …

Large-size freezer bag

Large-size freezer bag

… and then boil ‘em up for a few hours …

Bubble, bubble, veggie trouble

Bubble, bubble, veggie trouble

… I usually reduce 4 liters of liquid down to one liter of concentrated stock, then once it’s cool …

Ice-cube sized, for your cooking convenience

Ice-cube sized, for your cooking convenience

-oOo-

And now, about Coco, the Community Cat  …

Don’t worry she’s still alive

Don’t worry she’s still alive

Her person is a little old lady who has found she can’t keep up with the maintenance of her house and has moved into an apartment in town, taking Coco with her.

We miss her terribly

We miss her terribly

We do know, however, that when the time is right another cat will present herself to us, and we’ll be staff-persons again.

Coco, the Community Cat  … lived across the way with her primary staff-person, but acquired a collection of subsidiary residences along our end of our little road, whom she regularly visited for BBQ’s and cuddles and naps.

 

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28 comments on “Soup Stock, and Coco

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    I hate food waste… so unneccessary ( especially with a furry disposal unit and a compost bin to help)… but the idea of using what today will get thrown away seems to be getting lost.

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  2. Sorry you have lost Coco, even if she wasn’t quite yours.

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  3. tidalscribe says:

    Yes, I have three compost bins on the go, one to fill, one to rot and one to use- no need to send for a ‘worm farm starter kit’ – hundreds of tiny chomping worms just appear in the middle of the cycle – it is not for the faint hearted to open the lid!

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  4. TanGental says:

    I love our compost bins which we rebuilt from old pallets we repurposed from various neighbours who had work done on their houses. Dad used to call his compost bins ‘guff Heaps which we’ve continued. I suppose given all the kinds of guff that goes on it it makes sense.
    You might already do this but we’ve included paper shredding from When We shared addresses and other stuff we don’t want in our recycle bin. Only recently and needs mixing in to stop it creating a mat – like lawn cuttings – but works v well

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  5. jenanita01 says:

    Cats could teach the politicians a few things, if only by example. My compost heap never seems to work, I’m not stirring it enough, or something…

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    • Widdershins says:

      The only thing I really ‘do’ with mine is make sure I cover each small bucket-sized load of veggie stuff is cover it with a layer of dirt or leaves or sawdust, whatever’s handy. The worms and time do the rest … oh yeah, in summer I wet things down a bit, every now and then. The moisture helps things break down quicker.

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  6. Scrum_Jet says:

    Good thinking about the stock.

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  7. Apart from Coco, I know someone just like you 🙂

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  8. We compost too, but I love the idea of freezing those left over veggie trimming and freezing them in ice cube trays. Great idea! Thanks.

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  9. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Definitely–nice stock tips! Super convenient (once done).
    As for Coco….what a beautiful cat. Inside and out, evidently. I would miss her too.

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  10. Oooh, I hope Coco and her Lady likes their new home.
    Veggie scraps to ready-to-have veggie broth cubes, perfect! I do something similar with boiled chicken water.

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    • Widdershins says:

      They’re doing fine … Coco is making friends with the neighbours via the apartment balconies! 😀

      … we make chicken stock too. 😀 … the bought stuff never tastes as good.

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  11. Absolutely genius! Freezing and then Boiling down the veggie ends. I always feel terrible getting rid of them—try to compost, but certainly not my best. I am definitely using this idea in the coming weeks. Love how you repurpose portions of your life. It’s an inspiration for those of us who want to, but don’t know how (aka me! Lol). Thank you!!

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