Homemade Chicken Stock

Alex and I are always whining about how we can never find good (or even mediocre) stock at the grocery store, so last week I finally bit my tongue and made some stock myself! To make your own homemade stock, you will need the following:

– one chicken carcass

– two large carrots

– four or so stalks of celery

– one leek

– three brown onions

– four to five cloves of garlic

– two bay leaves

– one bundle of thyme

– one stalk of rosemary

– one bundle of parsley

– a few sage leaves

– a handful of whole peppercorns

– two dried chilies (optional)

Now if you want to make this stock vegetable stock instead of chicken stock, simply leave out the chicken carcass and boom! Done.
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Start by chopping the carrots, leek, onion and celery into large pieces- thirds or so. Place them in a large pot with the chicken carcass, a few dried chilies, the herbs and peppercorns. Fill the pot with just enough water to cover all of the vegetables and chicken. Cover the pot and bring to a boil.

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Once the stock has been brought to a boil, bring it down to a simmer and let it simmer for several hours. Occasionally remove the lid from the stock and skim off the scum with a spoon, and then stir.

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After three to four hours, your stock should look like this. Kinda gnarly, but who cares because it smells delicious.

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Next, strain the liquid through a colander into a large bowl.

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Sometimes one strain isn’t enough to form a clear liquid, so toss out the solids and strain it once more.

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This next time I strained it through a fine sieve, which helped remove any last bits and pieces.

IMGP6813Put the stock in a few containers- maybe one to freeze and one to refrigerate, and you’re done! Stock in the freezer should last ages, and stock in the fridge will last up to 5-7 days (I would plan on using it sooner rather than later- see any of the risotto or soup recipes on this blog for inspiration!). A simple and delicious day time task that is so rewarding- expect a recipe up on the blog soon that highlights our wonderful homemade stock!

– priya

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Homemade Chicken Stock