Having a variety of homemade stocks in the freezer is a sweet and naughty chef secret. Next time you go to the dollar store or thrift store, pick up some extra ice cube trays. Make your stock and pour them in ice cube trays, freeze them. Pop them out into solid cubes and store them in freezer ziplock bags and label them. It’s great for soup, sauces all year round. This is a great base for any seafood dish - especially creole recipes!
2 1/2 pounds shrimp shells
2 1/2 quarts plus 1 cup cold water
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 cup mushroom trimmings
Sachet consisting of the following: 1 bay leaf, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/4 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns and 4 parsley stems
Green onions, for garnish
COOKING MUSIC SELECTION: ELVIS PRESLEY THE SONG OF THE SHRIMP
Rinse the shrimp shells under cold running water and place them in a 1-gallon stockpot with the remaining ingredients. Bring the pot to a boil and then lower the temperature to a simmer. Skim the impurities that rise to the surface with a ladle, spoon or a skimmer. Simmer the stock for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
When the stock is completed, strain the stockpot and immediately cool the stock using an ice bath of water and ice. Use the amount of stock you need, and refrigerate or freeze the rest.