Chicken Stock

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I make a lot of my own stocks or broths and use them frequently when preparing meals.  A delicious stock or broth, can be the base for a never ending possibility of soups which is what I often use mine for.  Stock is also as a prized ingredient when preparing stir-fry’s and pasta and can be turned into a terrific sauce without, or with less dairy or fat than traditionally used.  A luxurious stock is also the star ingredient for making a very fine risotto which in my opinion, must be made using a quality stock – no tetra packs on risotto day in my kitchen.

Benefits for your Health & Budget:

Making your own stock is a super easy cooking project that will have  you reaping the rewards for future meals.  Stocks made from bones, vegetables and aromatics are not only a tastier, healthier, more nutritious option than store bought but also a lot more budget friendly.

Whether you are saving your vegetable scraps or starting with fresh veggies from the grocery store, the resulting broth that is made is packed with both flavor and vitamins.  While just about any firm vegetables can be used, I always start with the traditional mix of onion, celery and carrots.  Be sure to remember to add aromatics like bay leaf and peppercorns.

Did you know?  When you make stock from carcasses or bones the slow cooking process melts the cartilage and is what makes your stock become gelatinous when refrigerated.  This liquid is said to be helpful for maintaining ease of movement in our own joints.  So eat your soup, it’s good for you.

Preparing to make chicken stock:

It seems like I’m always getting ready to make my next batch of stock.  Chicken stock that is.  For beef stock I always buy ingredients fresh and make it the same day.  I usually only make a beef stock about twice a year.  Chicken stock however is always an ongoing project.  I store chicken bones from whole roasted chickens and any raw trimmings from other chicken prep (wing tips, backs) in Ziploc bags in the freezer sorted by cooked or raw.  When I get enough of them, I make a big batch of chicken stock.  On stock making day, any uncooked portions are first roasted on a baking sheet in a 400 degree oven until browned, sizzling and having rendered some of their fat.  Bones that are already cooked can go directly into your stock pot. Not necessary to thaw first.

Chicken Stock 009Building a basic stock:

In a very large pot put in all chicken pieces or bones

Add rough chopped pieces of 2 onions, 2 carrots, 3 stalks celery.  Vegetables should be washed but not peeled.  These are used for flavor only.

Add a couple of garlic cloves, about 8 peppercorns, 2-3 bay leaves

Cover with cold water to 3 inches above items in pot

Bring to a boil then turn to a gentle simmer, skim a couple of times if necessary

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Simmer at a very low heat, partially covered for 4 – 6 hours

Remove large pieces with spider utensil, let cool slightly, strain

Cool completely.

Reap your rewards!!

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About arthritiskitchen

Welcome to the Kitchen! I'm a passionate home cook who loves to work with real ingredients and use food to promote health. I like to write about and take pictures of food and share them with you along my journey. I also have RA - Rheumatoid Auto Immune Disease. My cooking is often focused on using ingredients that reduce inflammation and promote general health. Join me in the kitchen.

Posted on November 23, 2013, in Anti-imflammatory ingredients, Foods Known to Help Arthritis, Low Carb, Recipes / Cooking and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Sounds good and easy too. Handy that you don’t have to peel the flavour vegetables. It’s really more comfortable to eat foods that you recognize.
    Recently I had celeriac foam with a meal – it was wasted on me

  2. arthritiskitchen

    Not peeling the vegetables adds extra nutrients too. Agree, real food please.

  3. In your opinion, how long can it be frozen for before it should be used?

    • arthritiskitchen

      Hi Helen,
      I would recommend using frozen stock within three months. Once thawed, use within one week.

      I recently read a tip to freeze stock flat in a freezer bag. Doesn’t take up too much space in your freezer and, you can break off pieces as needed. #chickenstock #kitchentips

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