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By Santiago Arboleda
Here are five easy ways you can reuse this nutrient-rich water:
1. Store to use as a vegetable broth in soup. If you're not planning on making soup in the next few days, just pour it into a container to refrigerate; Label it and store it in the fridge until you need it.
2. Use it as an additive to your cooking. Keep a jug of vegetable water in the refrigerator so you can easily take it out and use it when cooking and you need to add some liquid. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays and store them in a bag or container in the freezer.
3. Use it in baby food. When you plan to puree or mash, you always need a little liquid. Instead of adding tap water, add a little of this nutrient-rich water so your baby can have a healthier homemade meal.
4. Drink it. It's not necessarily that you pour it into a cup and drink it, although some might enjoy it that way. Try adding it to your smoothie. Mix it with your favorite smoothie ingredients which will make your drink even healthier.
And finally, and what I think is the one that gives it the most that ecological tint:
5. Water your plants. If you don't have the time or desire to save and reuse your vegetable cooking water in the steps above, use it to water your plants instead of voting it down the drain. Just imagine it would work as a natural fertilizer.
Tip: You can start by storing a jug of this nutrient-dense water in your fridge for use in cooking and baby food, as stated above, throughout the week. If it starts to get old, water the plants in your garden.