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Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock

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Rainy weekends are meant for cooking a big pot of homemade stock.  There is nothing like a pot of stock bubbling away on the stove for hours;  the house smells wonderful and the kitchen is warm.  This recipe for a homemade chicken stock is so good and using the leftovers from poaching a chicken

I like to keep a freezer full of rich stock to use in soups, sauces, stews, risottos, etc…  homemade definitely tastes better and it is lower in sodium. It will take a bit of patience but it is well worth the wait.


Yield: about 4 quarts

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock

One chicken two recipes. This homemade chicken stock recipe uses the left overs from the bones to the poaching liquid from the poached chicken recipe to make the homemade chicken stock.


  • chicken carcass and skin from a poached chicken - if you are not poaching a chicken then use 2 pounds chicken necks, backs or wings
  • 1 yellow organic onion, quartered; leave the skin on (if not organic then peel)
  • 3 ribs of organic celery, washed, cut into large pieces
  • 3 large organic carrots, scrubbed clean, skin left on (if organic), cut into large pieces
  • 2 cloves organic garlic, skin left on (if not organic then peel)
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


    After poaching a chicken to use the meat in other recipes return the bones and skin of the chicken to the poaching broth.  Add more water to bring the level to the top of a very large dutch oven - I use a 7-quart pot.

Add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic to the broth/bones.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a lower simmer and cook, uncovered.

Let cook for 2 - 3 hours. I believe the longer the better.

Let cool. Skim off any fat that has risen to the top.

Strain into another large pot, using a fine sieve.  Then season to taste with salt and pepper.

I freeze the stock in 2 cup containers.

This recipe will make about 4 quarts.


I always have frozen chicken stock as it is lower in salt and sugar. Great for last minute soup recipes.

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Tuesday 6th of March 2012

Ive Never done this Before so how do you freeze stock Do I need special Containers to put in the freezer so theres no freezer burn?

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