DIY Chicken Broth

I am a firm believer in DIY chicken broth. You can do it all sorts of ways, but here’s how I do it generally. I don’t have counts for you in terms of how much it makes, but I’ll guess 4-6 cups. Trust me, it’s richer and more flavorful than store bought varieties and you can jazz it up in a lot of fun ways. This is a good task to do in the afternoon say around 1 pm while you are cleaning or something. Makes the house smell yummy.

1. Take 1 rotisserie chicken and remove the meat. Set aside the skin, bones, etc. When I pick a chicken, I leave the wings and even the drummies often times. If you are one of those weirdos who throws out the thigh meat (Crystal), then put that in the pot with the bones too.

2. Place chicken parts (bones, skin, etc) in a large stock pot. Cover with cold water. Place on the stove and bring to a boil at medium high heat. Allow to simmer on low/medium for 30 to 45 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and allow to cool about an hour.

4. Grab a large bowl and place a strainer in the bowl. Pour the contents of your soup/stock pot out into the bowl, then just lift out the strainer. Toss the “stuff” you fish out and then voila! You have magnificent broth.

Fun Tips:

Try adding some fun and tasty things into the broth while it simmers. Perhaps some cloves of garlic (smoosh ’em alla Rachel Ray style with the side of a knife), some fresh rosemary, basil, thyme or other herb. You shouldn’t need salt or pepper, because the chicken was already seasoned when it was cooked.

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