1. It's cheaper
2. It's clean
3. One pot produces almost 10 3 cup containers of stock
4. You can freeze it and it will last about 6-9 months frozen.
5. Stock is essential to have on hand so stock in the freezer is like saving money for every recipe you need it for.
Don't believe me--try it and thank me later. Take a couple hours once a month to make a stock and freeze it to have on hand. You can make as little or as much as you want. You can even do different size containers for what you might want it for--ie, I have containers which have 3 cups in it and once which has 5 cups. The 5 cups will be great in the winter for a hearty vegetable soup.
Clean Chicken Stock
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Medium Size Containers Needed: About 10
1. 6-7 lb chicken (on sale at $0.99 a pound---buy chicken when it is on sale)
2. 10 Carrots ( $0.68 for the entire package)
3. 10 Celery Stalks ($0.89 for the entire package)
4. 1 Medium Size White Onion (about $0.20)
5. 4 Bay Leaves (should have this in your pantry at all times---about 20 is $2.80)
6. Parsley ($ 1.49 on sale--should have this in your pantry at all times anyway)
7. Salt and Pepper (Salt---large container is about $0.99, Pepper is about $1.49 for this large container)
xan·than gum /ˈzanTHən/
Noun: A substance produced by bacterial fermentation or synthetically and used in foods as a gelling agent and thickener.
Oh Duh...it's a bacterial fermentation process. Yeah go ahead, eat that. Now, will it kill you--probably not. Can you save money and avoid it by making your own--yes. Don't be lazy now. We've come too far for you to get lazy on me now.
My Quantity: 280 fluid ounces or about 35 cups, roughly
There Quantity: 32 ounces--or about 4 cups per container
My Price: $12.77--I over estimated my price in case you didn't have the spices I suggest in your cabinet.
There Price: $3.49--on sale
Okay okay mine seems more expensive right? Now check this out:
My stock per cup: Costs roughly $0.36 a cup
There stock per cup: Costs roughly $0.87 per cup.
You would need to buy almost 9 containers of College Inn at $3.49 a container in order to have as much stock as I have frozen right now--that equals a whopping $31.41. See where I am headed with this right now? Plus---you would now have stock on hand for a recipe you might want to make or I suggest and you wouldn't have to remember to buy it at the grocery store. BAMMMM
One last thing--I promise
When you buy their stock what aren't you getting--THE CHICKEN. Your paying more and not even getting the chicken from which the stock was made. With my recipe you get the chicken to which you can use throughout the week in at least two different recipes. I plan to use it to make: Sesame Chicken tonight, and Clean Shrimp Jambalaya Thursday. Again--BAMMM
Okay Okay, now on to what you all have been waiting for: The recipe
Ingredients:1. 6-7 lb chicken
2. 10 Carrots
3. 10 Celery Stalks
4. 1 Medium Size White Onio
5. 4 Bay Leaves
6. 2 tbsp Parsley
7. 1 tbsp Salt
8. 2 tbsp Pepper
1. Take the inside nasty bag of whatever out of the inside of the chicken--you know the hearts and lungs and all. Throw that shit away--or use it to go fishing I guess. Crabbies like chicken necks.
2. Place the chicken at the bottom of a HUGE pot---deep and wide like this one:
4. Cut the tops and bottoms off the celery and scrub well---throw on top of everything.
5. Cut the onion in half, remove the skin, and throw on top of everything.
7. Fill the pot with water until it is about 6 inches from the top--the entire chicken must be covered.
10. Turn off the heat and pull the chicken out of the pot. As you can see--mine fell apart. Set this aside for at least an hour and let it cool. The pull it and save it in bags. Discard the bones, skin, and fat.
11. The vegetables and stock are remaining..so you will need to skim the fat off the top. The bones in the chicken make fat in the soup, which is natural. Anything boiled with fat will make fat in the stock. Just skim it off.
12. So you will need to place a pot in the sink with a strainer over top of it. Strain out the veggies--they have done their job and unfortunately you don't need them anymore. If you happen to be making sauce today like I am then you can use the carrots and celery in the blender with your tomatoes. Otherwise, just toss it. It did it's job so you aren't wasting any money here. FYI--I NEEDED TWO POTS FOR STRAINING.
Now--this is the hard part. LET IT COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU PUT IT INTO CONTAINERS. WHY? Because we talked about this, remember? If you put a lid on something hot the steam will produce condensation. The condensation will then drip into your stock making it watery. So..be patients, wait. Plan your dinner for tonight using some of your stock, like I did. Blah blah blah, just wait.