Best Whole Chicken In
To top it off, the recipe author, Lisa Leake of 100daysofrealfood.com, takes the carcass and makes an overnight chicken stock out of it!!
Just take that carcass in the crockpot up above,
and add a bay leaf,
celery, fresh thyme,
See, easy peasy....
and you will be sayin' to yourself...
this ain't turnin' out to be anything special.
But let it cook covered, overnight,
on low for ten hours...
ten hours later!
Look at all that chicken-y flavor!
Now you'll need to take a sieve and sieve out everything but the broth...
this takes several minutes...be patient.
Look what you're left with...
11 cups of pure chicken stock goodness!
I'm usually short on time and have to refrigerate the stock for a day or two,
until I can get time to bagging, marking, and freezing it.
Okay, I just most recently made this stock AGAIN the other night.
In the morning, I freezer-bagged up the stock in 2 cup, 3 cup and 4 cup bags.
I throw the marked bags in the freezer and pull them out when needed for rice, soups (lots of soups!)
and anything else that requires broth.
This stock is so flavorful
and frankly it's basically free since you used the chicken carcass and drippings and a carrot out of the fridge and a celery stick!
Not only have I saved money by making my own stock, but the stock has no additives. This has helped change how I cook, seeing "whole" food in new and exciting, more healthy ways.
Okay, so here's Lisa Leake's recipe...
Straight outta www.100daysofrealfood.com website...straight outta
Angie's Note: The 100 days website is the best whole foods website ever.
- Leftover chicken bones or carcass roughly equivalent to one small or medium sized chicken
- 1 onion, peeled and loosely chopped
- 1 rib of celery, roughly chopped
- 1 carrot, roughly chopped (no need to peel)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 sprig fresh parsley
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- Salt, to taste
Note: If you are missing any of these ingredients I wouldn't let that stop you from making it anyway.
- After removing all edible meat from the chicken put/leave the bones, skin, cooking juices, etc. in the crock pot. If you are using the chicken carcass from the “The Best Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot” recipe just leave every single thing that's leftover (except the good meat of course) in the crock pot including the original onion and spices you used when making the chicken.
- Add the onion, celery, carrot and spices on top of the bones and fill the crock pot almost to the top with tap water (leaving about ½” at the top).
- Turn the slow cooker onto "low" after dinner and cook all night long or alternatively you could start it in the morning and cook on "low" for 8 – 10 hours during the day.
- After the stock is done cooking turn off the heat and, using a soup ladle, pass the stock through a fine sieve to remove all herbs/bones/etc.
- Either refrigerate or freeze the stock for future use. I usually freeze some in both 1 and 2-cup portions, and I also sometimes freeze stock in ice cube trays just in case I just “need a little” for making sauce or rice. This stock is great in soups like chicken noodle soup and also in rice like risotto.
And here's the recipe to print
Click on the download over to the right there...
OR...just click on this and it will take you directly to Lisa's recipe.
In closing, I'll throw some Christmas-y pictures out there from my house.
I used to go over-the-top and this year is quite...minimal.
Okay, this is the only tree in the house and it is a little one too.
I used to put up 13 Christmas trees and a ton of other vintage decorations back in the old farmhouse. Took well over a month to decorate everything.
There's a lot less room in this little cottage style house, so we're keeping it super duper, easy peasy simple this year.
In the narrow entryway is an old 40s record player that gets random stuff thrown on it, of course.
I nailed a few things up that were in the bottom of a box in the garage...
in a memory ware vase.
And these vintage plastic nativity scenes...
oh my, if you only knew how many actual vintage nativity sets I used to put out...oh my! But for now we have these cute three.
Almost forgot about this little elf I found...
The candy canes are on a small pile of Christmas books that were in the bottom of the box too.
Here's a book from 1916...love the cover!
A thin little Christmas songbook from 1950...
With the traditional hymns inside...
And Jingle Bells handwritten in the back...
And my favorite,
a festive looking Christmas Carol booklet from 1954...
I love the graphics too...
We Three Kings of Orient Are
I Saw Three Ships
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Oh Come, All Ye Faithful which apparently is also titled Adeste Fideles
Oh How Joyfully there on the right hand side. I was not familiar with that song.
Christ Was Born on Christmas Day
And of course, Silent Night
Last thing to bore you with,
but only paid 70 cents for it,
clearance clearance clearance :)
So I bought six of them.
Okay, that's all I gots for today, folks!
Yes, gots is a word. Look it up. In the Pretend Word Dictionary.
Am going to try baking (this can't be good) one more time this month...we'll see how it goes...Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles...
Have a great Saturday, Guys, and we'll talk at ya soon!