Here are some comments about this chicken broth from my most severe critics:
“You’re throwing that away!?!?”
“This is amazing!”
After searching for recipes for broth, I came across a few that were quite simple, but contained a stunning step, that, I have to admit, I was not comfortable with at first. But after consulting the wife of a broth expert, I decided I needed to give it a whirl.
Homemade, From Scratch, Shocking Chicken Broth
Leftover roast chicken, or two chicken breasts or some chicken thighs
3-4 cups chopped veggies
1 onion, cut in fourths
water to cover
1 TBSP salt (I used sea salt)
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
season as desired. I used 1 tsp of poultry seasoning (parsley, sage, thyme)
1. Raid your produce drawer for all the fresh veggies you have that are nearing their demise. I had cabbage, celery, a leek and some carrots. Grab the onion, too.
2. Put the chicken, veggies, onion, and garlic in a four quart or larger slow cooker.
3. Cover with water.
4. Add spices.
5. Cook on low for 8 hours.
6. Turn off the slow cooker and allow to cool.
7. When cool, place a colander over a stock pot large enough to hold the contents of the slow cooker. Pour everything into the colander. The broth will drain into the stock pot leaving the meat and veggies in the colander.
8. This is the hard part. It may be the most important step in this recipe. Throw everything in the colander away.
Consider this: your chicken and veggies have been hard at work all day. They have given every last bit of flavor they can muster, sacrificing their life’s essence for the good of your broth. It is time to bid them farewell and retire them to the trash. If I could think of a way for you to repurpose these valiant ingredients, I would, but I can’t. Really. They’re done. Let go and throw them out. Remember, I asked you to grab the veggies that were nearing their demise so you probably would have thrown them out anyway.
You may now use the broth for your favorite soup of mine. (snicker). Check the soup category on the right for ideas. If you refrigerate it overnight before you use it, the fat will rise to the top and you can spoon it off. You can also make this overnight, by putting everything in the slow cooker at bedtime. Pretty nice to wake up to the tantalizing aroma of chicken broth!
If you just want to make veggie broth, omit the chicken. If you want to make something more exotic, play around with the spices by adding ginger, curry, lemon grass, or cumin to make your favorite international flavor.