How to Make Homemade Chicken or Turkey Stock

For many of us, there’s not much more nostalgic or comforting than a delicious bowl of chicken noodle soup. Condensed soups, and even higher-quality commercial canned soups, can hardly compare to the taste of the homemade chicken or turkey stock. And if you didn’t know it already, there are many health benefits to homemade stock as well. It’s so much better than bullion!

How to Make Homemade Stock

The good news is that making your own stock is simple, delicious, and almost free (once you’ve bought the bird, of course). It takes a few minutes to get it started, and maybe another 15 minutes to strain it and store it at the end- but that’s a small price to pay compared to purchasing stock at the store.

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You will need:

  • Chicken bones (or turkey bones)
  • Water
  • Salt & pepper
  • Optional: Apple cider vinegar (this is my favorite brand but any kind will do- or make your own!), vegetables, seasonings, or other chicken parts- the neck, the heart, etc.

chicken stock(In process. It doesn’t look appetizing now, but trust me, it will be great in the end!)

  1. Put chicken bones (and parts, if using) in a large pot or crock pot. Cover with water. Sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar (this draws out the minerals in the bones into your stock).
  2. Add salt, pepper, seasonings, and vegetables. I usually throw in at least carrot, celery, onion, and garlic. They can go in whole since they will cook down to mush anyway.
  3. Turn on the heat. Bring to a simmer. Let simmer 2-3 hours or more on the stove top, or overnight in your crock pot.
  4. Let cool. Strain the solids out, pressing on the bones and veggies to squeeze out every last drop of goodness into your stock. My stock often becomes cloudy with veggie pulp, but I’d trade a clear stock for more nutrition any day.
  5. I do NOT skim the fat, because there’s so much good stuff for you in the fat. (Not to mention the flavor!) But if you really feel a need to, now’s the time to do it.
  6. Pour the stock into freezer containers, label, and freeze. Or, alternatively, use your pressure cannerto preserve the stock. It takes a little longer at the outset, but I like it because I don’t have to thaw my stock before using it. It’s revolutionized the convenience level of home cooking for me. 🙂

Eat up. You can feed your family in feast or famine on frugal, substantive, homemade chicken or turkey stock.

Have you made your own stock? Have a favorite variation? Let me know so I can try it!

 

 

2 thoughts on “How to Make Homemade Chicken or Turkey Stock

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  2. Emma @ Misfit Gardening

    I use vegetable scraps when making stock like the tops and bottoms of carrot or celery and onions or the greens of leeks. My Granny gave me a book on war time recipes in England which made me put my food scraps to a greater use before they head to the compost pile!

    I use the crockpot/slowcooker for making stock overnight then can it the next morning. Pressure canning is amazing and has given me my freezer back!

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