Keep this Delicious Herbed Organic Homemade Chicken Stock your fridge or freezer for all those lovely soups, stews and comfort foods you’ll be making now that fall (and soon to be winter) is officially upon us.
When purchasing vegetables and herbs for homemade herbed chicken stock, it’s best (and healthiest) to keep them all organic, if possible. When it comes to choosing organic poultry, you’ll find that you get even more flavor out of a smaller organic chicken than a larger non-organic chicken, which makes buying organic easier on your wallet than you may have thought.
A good tip I have for you when making your own chicken stock is to thoroughly wash the organic vegetables, but also to leave the peels, skins and leaves intact. This way your stock will achieve a deep, rich color, and your stock will also retain all the vitamins and minerals that inherently live in the peels, skins, and leaves. It may seem counterintuitive to do it this way, but I implore you to give it a try.
Making Herbed Organic Homemade Chicken Stock takes only moments to prepare. The majority of the work is done by the stovetop as the stock simmers on low for hours and hours, extracting all that wonderful flavor from the chicken carcass, and vegetables. Trust me when I tell you that there is nothing homier or more comforting than the smell of homemade chicken stock wafting through the house on a chilly autumn day!
Once made, you can store your Herbed Organic Homemade Chicken Stock in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Or you can portion it out into separate smaller containers (ice cube trays are great for smaller batch items) and freeze for up to 3 months.
Homemade chicken stock is perfect for making gravy for the holidays and as a base for all manner of soups and stews. Not to mention adding it to mashed potatoes in place of milk, and for flavoring rice and risotto. Basically wherever you’d add water to savory dishes, adding Herbed Organic Homemade Chicken Stock will amp up the flavor like nothing else. Plus, when you’ve made it yourself, you’re in control of the sodium content, and you have no concerns about shelf stabling preservatives or additives.
Ready to make Herbed Organic Homemade Chicken Stock? Let’s get started…
Once you’ve removed all the meat and skin from an organic roast chicken (reserve the meat for another use), place it in a large 6 – 8 quart stock pot (with drainer, optional) along with 4-5 large carrots (washed, with skin on), 4-5 stalks celery (washed, with leaves on), 1 large onion, quartered (outer skin removed, but the majority of skin on), 4 tablespoons salt, 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, 4-5 fresh sage leaves (washed), 1 small bunch fresh parsley (washed). Cover all the ingredients in the pot with enough filtered water to cover.
Simmer all the ingredients on low for 4-5 hours. Allow the stock to cool slightly, and then strain the stock into containers for refrigerating, or freezing, and discard the stewed vegetables and the chicken bones.
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- 1 organic roasted chicken carcass, skin and meat removed (reserve meat for another use).
- 4-5 carrots, washed and cut into chunks
- 4-5 celery stalks, washed and cut into chunks (including leaves)
- 1 large onion, cut into quarters (outer skins removed, but leaving most intact)
- 3 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
- 4-5 fresh sage leaves, washed
- 1 small bunch fresh parsley, washed
- 5 - 6 quarts filtered water
- Place all of the ingredients into a large stock pot.
- Add the water to cover the ingredients.
- Bring to a low simmer over medium/low heat.
- Allow the stock to simmer on the stovetop for 4-5 hours.
- Cool the stock and strain into containers for refrigeration or freezing.
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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!
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