Hi friends! Happy Friday Eve! Today I'm sharing the last part in our Kittchen Basics series with Kit, author of thekittchen.com. Kit’s already shown us how to roast a chicken, carve a chicken, and how to make gravy. Today she's sharing how to make chicken stock - a common ingredient in cooking!
Homemade chicken stock is incredibly easy to prepare and is far more flavorful than the store-bought stocks. This stock is a great base for soups, and it can be used in recipes that call for stock or broth. It can also be frozen, either in ice cube trays to add to sauces, or in larger containers to use in soups!
You will need:
- Chicken or Turkey bones – meat removed
- 1 large onion
- 2 cups carrots
- 2 cups celery
- leftover gravy
Chop the onion, carrots, and celery. Your chopping doesn’t need to be nice and neat since these vegetables will be strained out of the stock.
Put the chicken bones in a large pot and fill the pot with water until it is 3/4 full. Put on a burner over medium high heat and bring to a simmer. Add in the onion, carrots, celery, and gravy. Let simmer for 2-3 hours – until the stock reaches a nice golden color. I always add leftover gravy to my stocks and soups if I have any on hand because it adds so much flavor.
The most important step in making stock is putting a colander in a large pot in the sink! Do not forget to put the colander into a pot otherwise you will be dumping your stock down the drain. Pour the stock through the colander and into the other pot. Throw away the vegetables in the colander.
Now you have homemade chicken stock, which can be frozen and used later or used immediately!
A quick tip: If you have a Parmesan rind add it into the stock. Chop it into a few chunks and it will completely dissolve into the stock and add loads of flavor.
Volia, you're done!
Kit, thank you so much for this great tutorial and ALL your videos - they're GREAT. I'm in charge of hosting the Christmas gathering for my family this year and I've decided I'm going to make (my very first!) whole chicken + gravy using your tutorials! I'll be sure to let you all know how it goes!