Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Make a Better Chicken Broth

Like many other families, we save on groceries by maximizing what we purchase. One way to do this is to make soup out of the bones after I roast a chicken.

Roasted Chicken

Since we don't use the pan drippings to make gravy, I pour them into a Pyrex measuring cup and refrigerate overnight. The fat separates, and the remaining material gels into a thick solid. I think that a lot of the gelatin from the chicken bones is in those pan drippings. The first time I added this to the soup, we had the richest-tasting, most full-bodied soup I'd ever made. So now I do this routinely.

I skim off the fat and add the drippings to the pot with the chicken (most of the meat removed and reserved), vegetables (carrots, celery, onions, garlic), spices (black peppercorns), and water (to cover).

I've read that using the pan drippings can make a soup cloudy. It might, but I can live with a little cloudiness in exchange for better-tasting soup.

I'm linking this up!

6 comments :

  1. I do this also. It's a great way to use the bones and some extra tiny bits of meat that you put aside. Usually if I buy a rotisserie chicken from the store- they're only $4.99 on Sundays - I do the same thing. This method makes a nice, rich soup and is very thrifty- or I guess I should say frugal and creative! LOL!

    Nancy
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  2. Mmm... now I'm hungry! :)

    Happy Tuesday!
    :)
    Becki@BlogMommas

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  3. You're so right about the "cloudy" aspect...who cares!!?? You've saved money and you know exactly what is in your soup. Good for you, Melissa! :)

    Hope you have a wonderful crispy fall day!!

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  4. Simple, frugal and nutritious! :)

    Thank you for joining the first October Fest Carnival of Super Foods! Next week’s theme is Super Foods (which include basic things like garlic, onions, and apples). Hope to see you back!
    Katie

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  5. Yay! Don't be afraid of fat! :)

    Thank you for joining the first October Fest Carnival of Super Foods! Next week’s theme is Super Foods (which include basic things like garlic, onions, and apples). Hope to see you back!
    Katie

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  6. What a great tip. We often just throw out the drippings as I don't make gravies.

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