Friendly Heads Up- there is meat used in this recipe and shown in pictures. If this is upsetting to you, please avoid this post!
Although the skies were rainy and grey here, I drew on the blessing of last night’s full harvest moon to make my entry for this week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Potion Making!
While there are ways to make fancy and expensive broths, my all-time favorite is making a healthy mix from scraps that otherwise would end up in the trash or compost.
Got some scraps on hand? Let’s give them a new purpose and make something healthy, delicious, and magickal!
A Potion Brew for New Beginnings
- Meat/Bone scraps- leftover chicken bones? Half-picked apart turkey? Pork chop bones? Fantastic for soup
- Veggies- the unused ends and bits of carrots, onions, potatoes and more aren’t the prettiest for other dishes but are great to make broth!
Note: unless you are using organic produce, veggie skins may have chemicals or preservatives. I would recommend removing any part of the fruit/veggie that may have been treated.
- Herbs and Spices- raid those kitchen cuppoards! Spices are easy and cheap- grow them in your garden or you can find them dried in just about any grocery store.
For this particular broth, the key elements I choose are:
Leftover chicken scraps from baked chicken thighs for dinner, a soggy tomato, pieces of an old onion and carrot, and of course my beloved…
I raided the shelves for anything else that would make it good and wholesome and took out- my basil plant, himalayn salt, pepper, sweet paprika, rosemary, turmeric, marjoram, and thyme
Throw it all in the pot, cover with fresh cold water, and turn on the heat!
As you give it a few first stirs, you may want to say a chant or spell. Your inner intention is the most important thing, but if you choose, here are some words to enhance the brew:
Scraps and bones, leaves and spices-
Cooking this mess to making something nice.
Mixed with love, making a brew-
That which was old is now born anew!
I never feel more like a witch than when I’m tossing things into my big cauldron pot and stirring it all up with a big ladle
Wow, now that looks like a nasty mess, huh? Rest assured, it is going to be delicious and beautiful! We are taking something unwanted and less-than-ideal and giving it a new purpose after all
Cover your pot and let it simmer on a low-medium heat (depending on your stove) for as many hours as you can. The longer you let it boil, the more nutrients and flavor will be absorbed by the liquid! I would recommend 4-6 hours if you have the time. Aside from stirring it occasionally, you don’t have to do much while it cooks.
After a few hours, strain the liquid (but we are keeping the broth- don’t accidentally pour it down the drain, I speak from experience!) and get rid of the now flavorless gunk. You’ve taken out all the wonderful goodness within and now the leftovers can be disposed of!
Ta-dah! You’ve now got a beautiful, shimmering, and hearty broth to enjoy. It is so wholesome and delicious, I usually have a cup of just the brew once it’s ready
You can use this broth to make countless other dishes, freeze it, or chop some more veggies and make a hearty stew .
I decided to use mine to make Chicken and Dumplings soup- perfect for the rainy weather here!
Anyone else as enthusiastic about soup as I am? I really love it- adaptable for every occasion, so delicious, and great for your health! It’s also a nice way to get the absolute most out of your ingredients and limit waste.
Happy potion-making to all and Blessed Be!