Lucky for us making chicken stock isn't actually hard. It just takes time. But it makes a world of difference in the flavor profile of what you're cooking.
And the best part is you can give away your recipe and don't tell them that you made your own chicken stock-- they will never be able to recreate it and you will be held up as a goddess of soup/risotto/gravy/whatever. Yay!!
It's always nice to be adored.
This is such a culinary staple and it is probably the easiest thing in the world to make. Homemade chicken stock is heaven in a tiny little bowl and it can take your dishes from yum to YUM!!
Yields 6-8 cups
(I used all organic or home grown ingredients)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 4+ hours
- 4-5 lb whole chicken, cavity cleaned, uncooked
- 10 cups of water
- 2-3 carrots, chopped roughly (thirds is fine)
- 2-3 celery stocks, chopped roughly, with leaves on.
- 1 medium onion, chopped into quarters, skins on (red or yellow)
- 1 large garlic head, chopped in half, skins on.
- 1 bouquet garni which is basically a mix of herbs. I always use rosemary and parsley, but sometimes I'll add thyme or sage, too.
- Pepper (you can also use whole black peppercorns-- approximately 1 tsp)
- Put water in large pot. Heat water to a light simmer.
- Add whole chicken (gizzards and such removed) to water. Add vegetables and herbs to pot. Add salt and pepper or use peppercorns. Continue with light simmer at least for 4 hours.
- Sit back and enjoy. Your house will smell divine and your husband, boyfriend, or roommate will constantly say things about how wonderful you are. Okay, it may be more like how hungry they are, but whatever. They mean they love you.
- After 4 hours taste test the stock to see if you would like more salt and pepper-- it is a lot of liquid so you will use a decent amount! Don't be scared!
- Remove chicken and save it for a later meal or snack.
- Strain liquid over a large bowl. I recommend straining it 2-3 times.
- Let it cool. Optional: strain out fat (explained below)
- Put in freezer approved containers or fridge for storage (storage information at bottom of post)
I made Chili!!