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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Homemade Chicken Stock

I make chicken stock all the time in the crock pot. You can use a cooked chicken carcass, or raw chicken bits fit for soup (wings, drumsticks, leg quarters, etc.). You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand....celery, carrots, onions, leeks, summer squash, zucchini, etc...it's all good. Now, I'm not going to give you measurements....sorry. I am never exact with chicken stock. But don't worry...your end product will be healthy and perfectly suitable as a base for soups or what-have-you.

Put a chicken carcass into your crock pot, or 2 or 3 chicken leq quarters, or what-have-you
cover with water
add 2 peeled, chopped carrots, 2 large chopped stalks celery and 1 large onion cut into eights (or 1 chopped zucchini, 1 chopped summer squash, 1 large chopped leek, or some combination thereof)
add 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper
toss in a sprig of thyme, rosemary, parsley, or dill (or 1 tsp. dried)

Cover and cook on low about 8-10 hours (or simmer on stove top about 1 1/2 hours)
strain broth
adjust salt to taste
cool and skim fat off the top
store broth in the fridge and use within a week, or store in the freezer for future use

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