Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth Preparing your own chicken bone broth makes good economic as well as nutritional sense. Organic chicken broth currently costs about $4 per quart. Organic whole chickens can be purchased for around $2.80 per pound. The carcass of a 5-pound chicken will easily yield more than 4 quarts of homemade broth. Four quarts of broth goes for $16, and a 5-pound chicken sells for $14. Rather than buy broth, make your own, get the chicken meat for free, and get $2 back to cover the cost of the broth’s vegetables and gas or electricity needed to cook it overnight! There are two schools of thought regarding the easiest approach to making bone broth. My husband prefers to make a large double batch less often. We have a second refrigerator in our garage, so we can easily store as many as 10 quart bottles. As we periodically prepare chicken dinners, he puts a first carcass in the freezer, then makes broth after our next chicken dinner when we have a second carcass. He uses a very large, 10–12 quart stock pot over the stove. Our friend Annette makes broth one chicken at a time. She has only one refrigerator, so 10 quarts is far too much. She slow-cooks the chicken in an electric crock, then strips the carcass of meat, adds water and vegetables, and cooks the broth right in the crock. No stock pot is necessary, and there is just one clean-up job for the chicken dinner and the broth making. She stores broth in the freezer in 8-ounce jelly jars, which are very convenient for a single meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 carcass from a 5–6 pound chicken (or two carcasses of 3-pound chickens)
  • 5 quarts water
  • 2 carrots, diced or shredded
  • 2 stalks celery, diced or shredded
  • 1 onion, diced or shredded 1 small bunch parsley chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, pressed or minced
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 chicken feet (optional), I found them at my CSA from a local organic farmer
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Few dashes of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil (optional) Any other bones from beef or ox are welcome or you can do a different beef bone broth, simply substitute the chicken carcass for beef, buffalo or ox bones. Miscellaneous vegetable scraps you might have saved; I save fennel stalks. broccoli stalks, zucchini ends, you name it

Preparation
Prepare all vegetables. I use a food processor shredder attachment, which quickly exposes maximum surface area to the liquid. Combine all ingredients in stock pot or crockpot. Bring to a boil, then maintain at a low boil for 18–24 hours. Strain out all solid matter and pour liquid into glass jars or bottles. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Use for making soups, and add to concentrated soups to increase liquid content

Bon Appetit!

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