DIY – Homemade Chicken Stock

Hello everyone hope this summer is finding you all keeping yourselves & your chickens cool!  I know lately with these extremely hot days our egg production has deceased but that’s a subject for another day.  Today I had to make some homemade chicken stock.  I’ve used most of my reserves, so into the kitchen I go.   After I cleaned the garden…Boy that was a chore!  Today my #1 goal for today was to get the garden cleaned out of weeds & dead plants no longer producing to allow for the next round of plants.  Got our seedlings maturing waiting for the day we can put them into the freshly turned soil.

So, I came into the house to prepare tonight’s  dinner & realized I have no more chicken stock.  I pulled some chicken out this morning to make Baked Chicken with Rice & Broccoli.  I always pull out more than is needed for this small family, now to make some chicken stock.  Here is my very simple recipe for making homemade chicken stock.  I guarantee this recipe is Easy Peasy!   Start with cleaning, skinning & cooking the 4 chicken thighs, 2 carrots (peeled & sliced), 1/2 chopped onion & 1/4 cup of parsley, 1/4 tablespoon of crushed garlic.   All goes into the huge pot full of water (about 6-8 cups) ready to boil.  Bring the chicken mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer & simmer for about 2 hours.

Get your sterile mason jars ready to pour your homemade delicious chicken stock & ready to store.   Now  you are ready for your next recipe that calls for fresh chicken stock.   No reason to buy store bought chicken stock in this house.  Saving $$ this is one of  our personal goals.   This recipe yields about 6-8 pint jars of  yummy homemade chicken stock.  Once the mason jar lid “pops” they are safe to place in the pantry, the freezer or frig, depending on how often it will be used.  I know I run through this stuff as if it were liquid gold.  I put chicken stock in just about every thing that requires water to cook.  This adds so much more flavor to our menu.   Thanks to all reading our pots.  We love sharing our little short cuts in life & our path to being self – sustainable.   Angela

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