Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Homemade Chicken Stock

Last week I wrote about how to roast a whole chicken. The process is simple with some delicious results! You can find the tutorial HERE.

Today I'd like to tell you hot to make chicken stock from the left-overs. Homemade chicken stock is so much more wholesome then what you can find in the stores! You can flavor it however you like, make it low or no sodium/salt, and save a ton of money too! The stock can be used in any recipe that calls for it: soups, stews, etc.

  • 1 (5 lb) chicken carcass (or any size)
  • Vegetables (use what you like)
    • 1 large onion, chopped into large chunks
    • 1 large leek, trimmed and rinse, chopped into large chunks
    • 3 carrots, unpeeled, ends trimmed and chopped into large chunks
    • 3 parsnips, unpeeled, ends trimmed and chopped into large chunks
    • 3 celery stalks, chopped into large chunks
    • a handful of parsley
    • a few sprigs of fresh thyme and dill
    • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Place the chicken carcass in a large stockpot. Add about 2.5 quarts of water (your chicken should be submerged). Add all the vegetables, herbs, and seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for about 4 hours or until liquid is reduced by half.

Strain the entire contents of the pot through a fine sieve and discard the solids. Pour liquid into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, use a spoon to remove the layer of fat that has solidified on the top of the bowl of stock. The stock itself may become jelly-like when it's cold. Once it's room temperature or heated, it will turn back to a liquid state.

Keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 6 months. Divide usable portions into mason jars, leaving enough room for expansion during freezing, or freeze in ice cube trays and transfer to a freezer bag later.

That's it! Pretty easy, huh? Enjoy!

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