Simple Vegetable Stock Recipe

Simple Vegetable Stock RecipeAwhile ago I posted an article on the homemade chicken stock I make whenever I roast a chicken.  Chicken stock is great stuff and it’s essentially free if you’re making your own.  Actually I could make the argument that if you’re roasting a whole chicken you’re saving money over buying some sort of boneless-skinless product, so it’s actually better than free.  Nice!   Continue reading

Homemade Chicken Stock – Or What to Do With That Carcass…

Homemade Chicken StockLots of stuff under the banner of homemade banner this week.  I guess everything is really homemade, if – you know – you make it in your home.  That aside, I just made a chicken.  Quite tasty that.  Once you’re done with the bird, or at least get it out of your cooking vessel, you’re left with juices and whatnot.  Generally I put the stuff that comes out during cooking in a little container and pop that into the fridge.  It’s good chicken goodness – I use it to flavor just about anything really; mushrooms – yup, potatoes – yup, risotto – yup, anywhere you need some oil or fat and chicken would be a nice addition – this is the ticket.

At the point where you’ve gotten all the usable things off of your bird – you’ll have a carcass.  I used to just toss that into the trash (now the compost – here in Seattle.)  Mistake.  We go through a lot of chicken stock.  Not that it’s too expensive, but with the amount of chicken we eat – why not make my own?  Good question.  I didn’t think it was particularly hard, but it does take some time to get things cooked down properly. Continue reading