Home made low fat chicken stock

There are some things in life that we tend to take for granted. Like making chicken stock, for example.

To me, making stock has always been a very natural thing; a fantastic way to put chicken bones and vegetable scraps, or those slightly tired vegetables that had once seen better days, to good use.

It wasn’t until recently that it was sort of brought to my attention that creating a good home made stock from scratch happens to be quite the ordeal for some.


Well, if that’s the case for you, trust me, it really isn’t so bad… Agreed, it does take a little bit of time to make, but you’re basically just simmering stuff on the stove, so it pretty much takes care of itself, really.

And you don’t need a degree in chemistry or access to a high tech lab either…

The hardest part in getting this done would be prepping the chicken to get the bones; This step does require a little bit of technique and involves carving some raw meat, which can be a little bit of a turn off for some… I can very well understand for I used to be the exact same. Easy banana bread healthy Even to this day, I can’t say that I am super thrilled at the idea of butchering meat. Easy banana bread pudding However, I have to admit that once you get the hang of it, it becomes “super facile” and you get to prep your own chicken breasts for a fraction of the price that you would pay for some that have been prepped for you by a professional butcher.

As an added bonus, you get to keep the bones to make beautiful stock with!

However, if you really can’t be bothered with carving your own meat, don’t sweat it! You can just dump the whole breasts in the pot and detach the flesh from the bones after it’s done cooking. Banana chocolate chip bread pudding Then you’ll have plenty of cooked chicken meat in the fridge, which you will be able to use to make all sorts of great dishes.

Alright, how’s about I give you an in depth tour of my stock-making technique?

I took a bunch of pictures for you, so let’s get cookin’, shall we?

Start with 3 whole chicken breasts, complete with bones and skin. Banana bread recipe betty crocker First, you’ll want to remove the skin by simply pulling on it. Banana bread easy healthy Don’t worry, it comes off rather easily.

With the tip of your knife, make a slit down one side of the back bone. Moist banana bread recipe with oil Stay as close as you can to the actual bone and cut all the way from one end to the other

Continue working your way down that back bone with the tip of your knife, releasing the meat little by little, until you’re eventually able to detach the entire breast. Moist banana bread recipe sour cream Turn your chicken breast around and repeat the process with the opposite side.

Before you know it, you’ll be left with a beautiful pile of nicely prepped chicken breasts on one side…

And the bones which you are going to use for this stock on the other… Make sure you remove as much of the visible fat as you possibly can.

Brown the bones nice and good on all sides. Best banana bread maui You don’t even need to add oil here. Moist banana bread with sour cream When the meat has formed a nice golden crust like that, it will detach from the bottom of the pot very easily.

While the bones are browning, prep your veggies and spices. Homemade banana bread calories No need to fuss about it as this will all get discarded later. How to make banana bread more moist Leave the skin on the carrots, onion and garlic, the leaves on the celery and keep your spices whole.

When your chicken bones are all nice and brown on all sides, throw in all the veggies and spices…

Add 12 cups of water, bring to a boil, cover loosely and simmer for about an hour and a half…

Check for seasoning, adjust if necessary. How to make banana bread muffins Simmer for an additional 3o minutes…

Strain through a colander. Bread banana pudding Really press it down nice and good, you want to get every last drop of flavor that the veggies and chicken have to offer!

After the stock has been sitting in the fridge for the night, remove the fat that has solidified at the surface (if any) and strain the liquid one more time through a fine mesh sieve to collect any residues that may have been left behind

And this is what you’re left with: beautiful, tasty, healthy home made low fat chicken stock!

You can, of course, use this right away… Or store it in the fridge for a couple of days.

And if you have way too much, you could also freeze it. Banana nut bread muffins recipe This is how I like to keep mine. Eggless banana bread recipe I ladle it straight into resealable bags and freeze it flat. Best ever banana nut bread It makes it SO convenient to use!

That’s how I can whip up gorgeous, comforting soups such as this one on a weeknight, after a hard day at work…

Hope I convinced you to try your hands at making your own stock. Best banana bread pudding recipe It’s so much better than the canned stuff!

• Preheat a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Easy banana bread muffins recipe Add the bones and let them brown without moving them for about 4-6 minutes. Banana nut bread recipe with buttermilk Flip the carcasses over and brown the other sides (chicken backs have sort of a triangular shape, so you will have to brown them on all 3 sides).

• When your chicken bones are nice and golden all over, add the rest of the ingredients, including the water.

• Slowly bring to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce the heat, cover partially and simmer for about 1? hours, until your stock is good and fragrant. Peanut butter banana bread recipe Adjust seasoning if necessary and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

• Remove from heat and let cool slightly then carefully strain the stock into a bowl through a colander. Banana nut bread recipe with sour cream Press it down nice and good so you get every last bit of liquid out of the bones and veggies, then discard the solids. Easy healthy banana bread recipe Let the stock cool at room temperature for about 1 hour then cover and refrigerate overnight.

• With a large spoon, remove any solidified fat from the surface (if any) and discard. Best ever gluten free banana bread Strain the stock through a fine mesh sieve to collect any residual fat that may have stayed behind.

• Use the stock immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

*I like to ladle mine straight into resealable freezer bags, about one cup per bag, and lay the bags flat in the freezer until frozen solid. Best banana bread recipe in the world (You might want to double bag or place the bags on a cookie sheet until the stock is completely frozen to avoid accidental spillage). Easy banana bread recipe for kids Freezing the stock into thin, flat squares makes it real easy and convenient to use afterwards. Best healthy banana bread recipe You can easily cut out little chunks as needed, or, say you wanted to make a soup and needed to use an entire bag or two, having it all nice and flat like that will help it thaw much quicker.

Please see the very similar Mayo Clinic’s Chicken Stock Recipe to get an idea of Nutritional Facts

Looks so comforting! I love drinking bone broths and sometimes I’ll drink it just like a cup of tea. Healthy banana bread recipe applesauce So many nutrients and so tasty – even all by itself – not to mention all of the other culinary uses! Your photos are lovely as usual, thanks for demystifying the process so well!

Yay! So happy you got to join in the homemade challenge Sonia and with such a perfect recipe too! I have to confess that I don’t make my own stock often enough which is a shame really and one I am about to correct… ?? love your clear and detailed photo instructions!

Thanks Simone, glad you like this post! Now you got me thinking… did you want me to add a link back to your challenge in my post? It doesn’t specify in the guidelines, but I will gladly do that if you want me to! ??

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I’m Sonia, a former overweight, heavy drinker, chain smoker and food junkie now trying to find my own healthy balance, one meal at a time.

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