Sunday, October 21, 2012

Easy Chicken Broth

Here is the secret to homemade chicken broth or stock.


Whenever you roast a chicken, use that carcass for your stock. Or even if you don't make my engagement chicken recipe, and you buy a rotisserie chicken from the market, use it!

Roasted Engagement Chicken with carrots

If it's too late at night, just put the chicken carcass, and any leftover veggies into a ziploc bag and put the whole thing in the freezer.

If I'm cooking and I wind up with 1/2 of an onion, or leftover carrots, I will add them to my stock-bag in the freezer.

Then, when you do have a day at home, just empty the bag into a big pot, add water to cover, any seasonings you like (I keep mine simple with just one bay leaf and some salt at the end), and simmer away for hours. Ideally 4-6 hours, but you can also do it all day in a slow cooker if you are going to leave the house.

Sometimes I instantly turn the stock into something like my sick day soup, and other time, I just portion it out into tupperwares and back in the freezer they go.

This might not seem like "fun", but it's certainly free. Plus just think of this quote:

Nothing is more relaxing than cooking. Except cooking with a glass of wine in hand.

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InteriorGroupie said...

I really need to make stock more are so right - it's super easy and good to have on hand!

acasarella said...

I use rotisserie chickens all the time and love making stock from them!

Tabitha Teeter said...

I'm about to rock your world then. CrockPot. I put my bones in the crockpot with water and 2 TB vinegar (anything but balsamic) and let it go for a day. The first time I do it is great. 2nd and maybe 3rd time the broth is weaker and better for rice or bean cooking.

Unknown said...

Awesome idea! Nothing like homemade stock!

Kelly said...

It's not fun, but worth doing! We have lots of this frozen now and I use it all the time.

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