Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cooking Simplified: Homemade Chicken Broth

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and having a wonderful weekend so far! Today I am sharing another one of my favorite recipes...a delicious Chicken Broth that you can easily make at home. I really prefer this one to the packaged broths you find in the local market. Not only is it very flavorful, but it does not have any extra artificial ingredients, preservatives, sodium, msg, or extra additives, which is really important to me. Besides making wonderful soups, it can also be used in casseroles, rice dishes, and other recipes that call for chicken broth. :)

Homemade Chicken Broth:

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken
1 onion, quartered
1 tomato, quartered
1 cup carrots
2 celery stalks
2 cloves garlic
2-3 sprigs thyme
3 bay leaves
fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley (I used both)
whole peppercorns (to taste)
kosher salt (to taste)

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a large stock pot and fill with water. Cover and simmer on low for several hours. When it's done, strain the liquid, throw out all the vegetables, and remove the chicken for other recipes like chicken salad, Crock Pot Sante Fe Chicken, or anything else that calls for shredded chicken.

If you're not using the stock right away you can store it in containers and refrigerate for up to 2 days. When the stock is chilled, the fat will rise to the top and harden and you can easily remove it if you so desire. I personally like to make up a batch or two ahead of time, let it chill to remove the excess fat, then pour the broth into freezer bags, which I then lay them flat on one of the racks in the freezer. Once frozen the bags take up very little space, (they can be stored under or on top of other items), and the broth can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.

I used the broth last month as my base to make a 15 Bean Soup and also added lamb bones while it was cooking. The soup was so incredibly delicious, and my family ate it up in no time at all. :)

That's it for now! Let me know what you think if you decide to try out this recipe...I always love to hear from you!

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