I love homemade stocks. They add much more flavor than any store-bought stock could ever offer and although they are time-consuming to make, they are not hard. I consider homemade stock to be my “secret ingredient” at holiday time. It’s freezer-friendly and one batch of stock can last a long time. If you are laying around on a Sunday, make some stock. You won’t regret it.
One thing that’s always bothered me about making chicken stock is that after the chicken has been simmering for several hours it really can’t be used in anything as it is very rubbery. But guess what? Your cat or dog won’t care. In fact, they will love you for it and you can save yourself about a week’s worth of pet food!
The last great thing about chicken stock is that you can use whatever chicken parts are on sale and it will still turn out great. This week chicken drummies were on sale, but I could have easily substituted wings or legs. You really need to use something that’s very bony as this is where most of the flavor of your stock will be derived. So enjoy my recipe for liquid gold!
- 5 pounds chicken parts (wings, drummies, legs)
- 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
- 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
- 1 small onion, quartered
- 1 bay leaf
- 10 black peppercorns, whole
- 10 parsley stems
- 10 cups water
- 1 tsp. salt
Directions for stock:
- Roast chicken at 475F for 1 hour, turning once.
- Remove chicken from roasting pan and place in stockpot.
- Add onions, carrots, and celery to roasting pan and cook for ~30 minutes, turning once.
- Add vegetables to stockpot. Deglaze pan with 2 cups water. Add to stockpot with 8 more cups water.
- Add 1 tsp. salt, parsley stems, peppercorns, and bay leaf.
- Simmer slowly for 3 hours.
- Remove from heat and strain. Pour strained mixture into large shallow container and cool uncovered in refrigerator. Skim fat before using.
Stock will freeze for 6 months.
Directions for pet food:
- Allow chicken and vegetables to cool before handling.
- Remove all chicken bones from mixture.
- Place in a plastic bag and refrigerate for a purr-fect treat!