Basic Chicken Stock
CHOW Food Team
Making your own stock tastes better, and it’s as simple as it gets.
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- 1 roasted chicken carcass
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 quarts (12 cups) water
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 medium celery stalk, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1Using a cleaver or kitchen scissors, break up the carcass into several smaller pieces so that they will fit in an even layer in the bottom of a large pot or Dutch oven; set aside.
- 2Heat the oil in the pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the carcass pieces and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly browned all over, about 8 minutes.
- 3Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Bring to a simmer (do not let the stock come to a boil).
- 4Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer, occasionally skimming any scum off the surface of the stock using a large spoon. Cook, adjusting the heat as necessary to keep the stock at a simmer, until the flavors have developed, about 1 1/2 hours.
- 5Remove and discard any large pieces of carcass. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a 2-quart saucepan and pour the stock through the strainer. Discard the contents of the strainer. (At this point, the stock can be cooled to room temperature and refrigerated in a container with a tightfitting lid for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.)
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