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Saturday, September 1, 2012

the preparation of chicken stock

If you have ever wanted to make your own chicken stock and have never attempted to give it a try, I am going to tell you the simplest way to make it happen right in your very own kitchen. After you have tasted the difference in the flavor of chicken stock created" homemade" from the boxed or canned stock bought in the grocery store you will think it is every bit worth the extra effort and time.


 Firstly, put the chicken carcass and any extra bones in a pot and cover with water. Then add celery, carrots, onions, bay leaf, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring this to a boil, lower and ladle off any foam that has risen to the surface. Simmer, uncovered, for about 45 minutes or so. I truthfully go about my business and when the vegetables are done I remove the bones and carcass and strain the stock through a sieve. The stock is then set to cool to room temperature and placed in the refrigerator overnight. I strain the stock once more then I either use it in a yummy soup or risotto dish right then or put it into containers to freeze.


A bouquet garni made with some fresh herbs is also a nice addition. This one was strung together with parsley, sage, and thyme.
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