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Chicken Stock

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

There’s nothing quite like the flavor of homemade chicken stock. It’s very easy to make — you can cook it overnight, strain it in the morning and refrigerate it during the day. By the time you return home, the fat will have congealed on top of the stock and you can skim it off. This recipe makes enough for two average soup recipes. Use what you need and freeze the remainder for another recipe. If your slow cooker is not large enough to make the full quantity, you can cut the recipe in half.

Works best in a large (minimum 6-quart) slow cooker.

The more economical parts of the chicken, such as necks, backs and wings, make the best stock.

If you want to use this stock soon after it has finished cooking, strain it into a bowl (preferably stainless steel) and set in a sink filled with ice water, replenishing the ice as necessary, until the stock has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and refrigerate until fat forms on the surface.

Cooking Methodslow cooking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timehalf-day

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Equipmentcrock pot

Taste and Textureherby, savory

Type of Dishstock

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs (2 kg) bone-in skin-on chicken parts
  • 4 carrots, scrubbed and coarsely chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
  • 3 onions, coarsely chopped
  • 6 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) dried thyme
  • Salt (optional)
  • 12 cups (3 L) water

Instructions

1. In slow cooker stoneware, combine chicken, carrots, celery, onions, parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns, thyme, salt to taste (if using) and water. Cover and cook on High for 8 hours. Strain into a large bowl, discarding solids. Refrigerate liquid until fat forms on surface, about 6 hours. Skim off fat. Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze in an airtight container.

VARIATIONS

Slow Cooker Turkey Stock

Substitute 1 turkey carcass, broken into pieces, for the chicken parts.

Stovetop Turkey Stock

Break a turkey carcass into manageable pieces and place in a stockpot. Add 2 quartered carrots, 2 quartered celery stalks, 2 quartered onions and 8 whole black peppercorns. Add water to cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 3 hours, then strain and discard solids.

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