Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Making Stock

Do you make stock?  It's the most simple thing you can do to make the most wonderful soups, stews, and sauces.  I prefer to make chicken stock.  If you are vegetarian you can make stock from vegetable peelings.  Today I'd like to show you an easy way to make chicken stock.

There are all sorts of "official" ways of making stock.  I am not a chef, but I'll show you a very easy way to make chicken stock in a crock pot that my daughter taught me how to do. I used to make this stock on top of the stove--but when she told me about using the crock pot it's much easier.

Last week I made roast chicken for our family.



After we enjoyed the roasted chicken for one meal, I removed the remaining chicken from the bones.  I made a chicken pot pie with that meat.  A chicken can give our family many meals.  Be sure to save all the bones from your chicken. Now you are ready to make stock.  It's so easy, it's hardly a recipe.

Put into a crock pot:



All of your bones from your chicken
2-3 washed carrots
1 stalk of washed celery
1 whole onion with skin on that has been washed
1 bay leaf
10- 15 whole peppercorns
Your can also add fresh herbs if you have them, such as parsley, sage, rosemary or thyme.
If you don't have fresh herbs your stock will still be wonderful.
Cover with water and cook overnight on low.  Your home will smell wonderful when you wake up in the morning.





Turn off your crock pot and let cool for an hour or so. Then strain the stock through a colander or sieve into a large bowl.  I always let that cool and put stock into 1 quart containers and then cool completely and then into the freezer. When you are ready to use just pop into microwave to thaw. You can then use them in any recipe you wish.  You can make soup very quickly with this stock. Homemade is so much better than store bought stock! 


14 comments:

  1. That is almost the same way I made stock before I became a vegetarian. It is the best way to get a great tasting home made stock.
    Stock always tastes much better if you use a cooked carcass rather than a fresh one as many tv chefs do ~ and they also discard the meat once it is cooked which is so wasteful {you wouldn't think I am vegetarian the way I talk about meat ~ lol}
    ~~~Deb in Wales

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    1. Deb, have you tried making vegetable stock? I have made it years ago and it was tasty. I have made stock using the whole chicken and had to remove the chicken when it was done. I would never throw away food like I see some tv chefs. They have a different food budget than I! ♥

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  2. Martha Ellen, I never thought to use my crockpot. This is a great idea. If I didn't want to do it overnight, how long should I let it cook? For instance, if I wanted to have it for soup that evening for supper? Does cooking it on high work? Or is it better at the low setting?

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    1. Cathy, my daughter gave me this idea and it works so easily. If you didn't want to do it overnight, I'd put it on in the morning and let it go for 6 or 7 hours on low. I imagine it would work just fine on high for maybe 3 or 4 hours---I have not tried that. You would still have time to make soup for dinner with either of these times. ♥

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  3. So lovely! I've never made chicken stock in a crock pot before. Thanks for the idea! xo

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    1. Rosinda, give it a try --it's quite easy. Just put your ingredients in a forget about it xo ♥

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  4. I've never seen an official recipe though I've made it, I like the idea of a crock pot. A friend brought me chicken stock to drink with bone marrow in it one time--she must have broken the bones. Organic of course but it certainly was wonderful and since I was sick I felt like it actually helped in my healing.

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    1. What a nice friend to bring you healing stock. It's true that stock has many health benefits. Dotsie, it's so easy to make in the crock pot. I hope you are feeling better now. ♥

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  5. Mmmm...I think I can smell it now! I confess to using the boxes of chicken broth more often than not, but you make it sound quite easy. I have a roaster in my freezer that I am going to cook soon and I'll give it a try! Thank you!

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    1. It is quite easy, Cheryl. I've used plenty of boxes from the grocery--but this stock is far superior and costs practically nothing to make. If I have made a turkey around Christmas, I always make stock with it also. Turkey stock is quite rich and delicious. ♥

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  6. Hi Martha, You seem like a marvelous cook who really takes the time to make delicious meals. My father was a chef,but I did not inherit his skill in the kitchen. My husband does all the cooking and that is fine with me. I read your post below about nicknames and I think it touching that your dad christened you BOO tiful the day of your birth, too bad you didn't realize that sooner. My mother called me Jaybird, I have no idea why, but I liked it.

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    1. Jeri, how lucky you are to have a husband who cooks. I do believe we would subside on oodles of noodles and sandwiches if my husband was doing the meals. I do love cooking and being in the kitchen.
      Love the name your mother gave you! How appropriate for the Queen of the Hollow!

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  7. Hi Martha,
    This stock is something I will surely try!! The pictures that you shared are so appetizing, I felt I could smell the aroma!!!! Thank you for sharing your delectable recipes!!
    Many many Blessings, Linnie

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    1. Linnie, I hope you do make this stock--it's so easy to just put everything into the crock pot and forget about it. ♥

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