Dads love cooking more than just about anything. In fact, dads love cooking so much, the only reason they even go out to restaurants is so they can make a “hello *waitress’ name* I’m *dad’s name* I’ll be your customer” when the server introduces herself.
But as much as dads love cooking, they also love stretching out food as much as possible. So in the spirit of dads everywhere, here are some tried and tested, dad-approved leftover ideas.
Also known as bouillon, stock, “soup water” or, ugh, bone broth, the most simple yet primal use of otherwise unusable leftovers is the humble broth. Whenever you have leftover bones, or maybe hunks of sturdy greens you’d otherwise not eat (think the tough, bottom stem of a cauliflower, or broccoli) you can use that to make broth that can be used for soups, or to replace water when making rice or pasta.
There are dozens of recipes for specific broths on the internet, but there’s no wrong way to do it.
The most simple method is to save the bones any time you roast a chicken, or buy a rotisserie one from the grocery store. Once you’ve got a decent amount, get the biggest pot you can find, rinse out the bones, sprinkle them in some salt, and cover them in cold water. Put it on high heat until the water starts to boil, and then cut the heat so it simmers. Then leave it alone. After a few hours, add some chopped onions, carrots, celery and let it simmer for another hour.
If you want to get freaky, about thirty minutes before you’ve decided you’re going to want to actually use the stock, maybe add some bay leafs and peppercorn.
Pour all the liquid through a strainer into your container, salt and pepper to taste, and you’ve turned bones into something delicious. Now you can throw away the bones. Please don’t try to re-use them for broth. That’s just excessive.