Monday, February 10, 2014

What's Cookin'? CHICKEN STOCK!

While today's post might not seem too enthralling, be prepared to be enthralled!  Ok, maybe not enthralled, per se, but this is an easy-to-make, uber cheap, versatile superfood!  That's right.  I said it.  Superfood.  Didn't your mother ever tell you to eat chicken soup when you got a cold??  Um, no, Campbell's doesn't count.  Here's why ...


Homemade stocks are beyond nutritious, filled with gut-healing gelatin, easily-assimmilated minerals like calcium, magnesium & potassium, and hydrophilic colloids.  Aren't you impressed by my big words?  It sounds so much better than just saying "the raw food elements that attract water in the gut so they digest easier".  See?  Didn't hydrophilic colloids sound better?  Moving on.  

You can make stock that tastes SO great it can be consumed like hot tea, and forget about buying stock at the store.  It's also so versatile you'll start cooking your rice or quinoa with it, adding to your stir fry, and making every soup recipe you can find on Pinterest.  AND you'll be saving loads of money with your convenient DIY approach, and your immune system and pocketbook will both be thanking you.

Raise your hand if you've had that panic moment because you don't have a plan for dinner, so you grabbed the rotisserie chicken from the store.  Go on.  Raise your hand.  You know you've done it.  WE ALL DO IT!!  And thank God for them, right?!



Raise your other hand if you threw out the carcass after the meal.  Uh huh.  Never again, my love.  Never again.

Throw that bad boy in the crockpot before bed.  You know those veggies you bought with the BEST of intentions to cook them before they rot in the fridge?  Throw them in, too.  This can literally be anything.  Collards, sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, squash, anything.  Raid the fridge.


Some basics I try to have on hand are onions, carrots, celery, and garlic.  Make sure they're clean, but you don't even have to peel or cut anything.  Just toss it in.  Get in touch with your Type B side.  Feel the freedom.

Fill the crockpot the rest of the way with water.  Add seasonings of your choice, but please use REAL salt (read: not white table salt).  Celtic sea salt is a great option.  Pink himalayan salt is awesome.  It should have color because, um, it came from the earth somewhere.  If it's white, it's not so real.  Use your real salt liberally.  Pepper, poultry seasoning, cilantro, anything you like.

Put the lid on unless, of course, you found something else to throw in.  Go with it.
Finally, add a couple tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).  Braggs is great because it has the "mother culture" in it.  Just to be clear, cultures are good.  :-)

Turn it to low and cook for as long as 36 hours to pull the most gelatin and minerals from it.  Stir it about once a day to marry the flavors.  Feel free to make this a continual supply by adding fresh water as you pull out stock and adding new bones every few days.

Strain it.  Jar it.  Drink it.  Cook with it.  Love it.

This is Dee - I was about to publish this for Pam and wanted to add something.  I FREEZE mine in Jars and ice cube trays.  I throw a few cubes into so many recipes for flavor and all of those healing properties.  Here is my bag of stock ice cubes.

OK, back to Pam...

Once you've strained it, don't throw it away just yet.  The bones should be super brittle and the veggies completely falling apart.  If you've got a blender, dump it all in with a little water.  Stay with me.  Add a little water as needed to keep the smoothie going, and call in the dogs.  They will LOVE it.   They will love you.  What's not to love??

So you took a last minute "Oops, what's for dinner" moment and made you're own super healthy chicken stock plus fed your dogs a very nutritious doggie smoothie.  Remember, the bones must break easily in your fingers with little to no effort, and be sure to blend it until very smooth in your blender. 


Eat well,

Pam
www.nourishedskillets.com
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34 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

I'm wicked lazy, so I usually just buy chicken stock, but I might actually try it. I didn't realize it was so easy.

QueenB said...

we do the same thing!! i never buy chicken stock. ever. no one in my family does. we roast chickens just SO we can make stock :)

Beth said...

What impresses me most about this post are your pictures! Definitely worth a thousand words. Thanks for putting together such a fantastic article :)

Elizabeth Sanders Towns said...

Wow! What an easy and doable recipe for stock. I can do this. That’s the best part about it. You do know I have those things in the refrigerator, but HOW do you know? Ha. I can get busy on this as soon as tomorrow. YEAH!

Angela said...

I love this ice cube tray tip! It makes total sense.

Jen B said...

Ok this sounds awesome and I will start making my own stock now! I had no idea that it was this easy to make and was so good for you!

Shauna Torres said...

Wow, how cool... I always have to have chicken stock on hand, I use it so much more than I ever thought I would.

April @ Pixie Dust Savings said...

I love making my own stock. I make turkey stock at Thanksgiving too. I never thought about the doggie treat at the end though. What a great tip!!

Jessica Harlow said...

LOL..I'm proud to say I've yet to snag the tempting rotisserie chicken at the store! I'm not saying I won't have that moment though! I usually try to make my own stock whenever I roast a chicken too.

Pam said...

I like to make chicken stock too. It just tastes so much better than the purchased variety.

Pauline Cabrera said...

With all the people go hungry each day; we should really not waste food. Thank you for this post. This gives me a new idea on how I can re-create my leftovers. :)

Lisa said...

Ill have to try this. I've never made it from scratch either.

Jennifer Brown said...

Oh that looks so good. I must try this.

Chrishelle Ebner said...

Great chicken stock recipe and storage idea. I know that home made stock is so much healthier than store bought. You make it look so easy. I will have to give it a try.

Mama to 5 said...

wow I never thought about making more own, it has to be better for you, I just used 3 cans in my crockpot tonight too!

Danielle Leigh said...

This is so brilliant. I can't believe I never thought to do this... and I love all your tips about using Braggs and celtic sea salt! Thank you :)

Wendy said...

I've been wondering about bone broth for a very long time. I think we just might start incorporating it into our family diet this year.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Sipping chicken stock really does soothe the soul, especially when under the weather. This is clearly very forgiving too, so I'll give it a try. Thanks!

Janeane Davis said...

I make whole chicken on a regular basis and throw away the carcass. After reading this, I want to go make a chicken now so I have what I need in order to make some chicken stock and freeze it for later use.

Lexie Lane said...

Isn't there a lot of fat that goes with natural chicken stock? This looks really hearty and good though.

Cynthia Landrie said...

I am normally a person who plans every meal, but for some reason lately, I just can't get in the groove. I love a great stock - you can do so much with it

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

I've grabbed the rotisserie chicken from the store as part of the plan as opposed to because I didn't have one, lol. Does that count?

DeDa Studios said...

Good idea freezer in ice cubes then placing in a bag! I am going to give that a try!

debdenny said...

I love to make my own stock. Such a fresh taste.

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

I make my own stock too because it's so good for you! But I never though to freeze it into cubes, I love that idea!

Cara Kueck said...

I think making your own stock is great! I have made some before and froze it and used it and I love it!

Maria Stalnaker said...

I love that cooked chicken.. seems yammi..

Debi@ The Spring Mount 6 pack said...

I love making chicken stock. It is perfect in an ice cube tray like that/

sah jau said...

so amazing love to try this

lil_lady_dz said...

I love Homemade stocks! Freezing them is a wonderful idea, easy to have on hand and easy to make. great way to save and better then canned.

Gail Williams said...

I am a half and halfer...half the time I make my own stock half I do not! But if I use the crock pot, I could be doing it more! It's time to break out the crock pot and do me some stock... Thanks..

Terri. said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I love it!

Rose-Marie said...

Good tips for making stock - I love the cube concept, and also the blender - now that is truly making use of a chicken - the whole thing!!!

Birdie Bee said...

I had never thought about making chicken stock before. Your recipe looks so delicious and tasty. The next time I have a roasted chicken, I am going to try this.

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