Monday, April 30, 2012

Simple and Delicious Chicken Stock

I love the idea of making homemade soups and stocks but I'm never quite sure where to start. But here is a super simple recipe for a tasty chick stock which leaves you with a boatload of cooked chicken to eat.


Ingredients:
1 whole chicken broken into pieces
1 small to medium bunch of parsley



Place chicken and parsley into a large stock pot. Fill with water until just covered. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste. 


Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for 2 hours. 


Place some cheesecloth in a strainer over another large pot. Strain the broth into the pot, saving the chicken in the strainer. 


Now you have a whole chicken to use for salads, soups, casseroles, etc. 


I decided to shred it and use it for salads and posole. You're also left with a giant pot of golden delicious stock to use how you want! It lasts for a week in the refrigerator, or a few months in the freezer.

Not pictured: There is quite a bit of fat in the broth. After doing some research, I would recommend placing the whole pot of stock in the refrigerator overnight to allow the fat to solidify and rise to the top. The next day, just skim off the solidified fat - it's a lot easier than trying to skim the fat when it's still liquid!

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