Chicken Stock

We roast a lot of chickens in this house. After sucking all the meat off the bones cleaning the cooked chicken carcass, there’s always another use for the left-overs. Chicken stock has magical properties. Especially in the winter when colds and the flu run rampant, or on chilly days, or to flavor other dishes. Here is my recipe.

In a large stock pot, add:

  • Chicken carcass and any left over giblets (heart, neck, liver, etc.)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 4-5 carrots, washed and roughly chopped
  • 4-5 celery stalks, washed and roughly chopped
  • 5-10 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 of one head of flat leaf parsley
  • 5-10 sprigs rosemary
  • 1/4 cup whole peppercorns
  • 1 or 2 slices of Parmesan cheese rind*
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Cover with water, leaving at least 3″ below edge of pot

*I read about freezing and saving Parmesan cheese rinds to add flavor to dishes. I bought a giant wedge of cheese at the grocery store a few months ago, sliced off the rind and tossed it in the freezer. It has a really delicious flavor and adds a rich, complex flavor to sauces when simmered in the broth. It doesn’t taste specifically of cheese, just adds a richness to the flavor.

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Bring to a low boil and reduce to a simmer. Once foam begins to form on top, remove with a spoon.

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Simmer for 4-5 hours, cool on stove top and refrigerate overnight. After cooling, remove from refrigerator and skim clotted fat from the top.

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Remove vegetables and bones.

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Strain through sieve, and freeze (if you’re freezing in glass, leave extra head space for expansion without blowing up your mason jars all over the freezer).

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In the spirit of using every scrap, I also sort out the meat scraps and whole vegetables from the bones and pepper corns and store them to mix with dog food. As a note, onions are generally bad for dogs. My dog has a cast iron stomach, but I still avoid the onion pieces. I know there is essence of onion in the broth and probably seeped into the other ingredients, but I have not had any problems. If you’re concerned, adjust as needed. Anyway, she absolutely adores the yummy additions to her meals and I appreciate that she’s getting some unprocessed food.

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I hope you and your family and dogs enjoy this recipe!

Bon appétit.

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