Frugal Living: How to Feed Your Family for a Week With Just One Chicken! Recipe #2: Homemade Chicken Broth

As promised, here’s the second installment of How to Feed Your Family for a Week With Just One Chicken! Click here to see the first post if you missed it.

This week’s recipe should actually be cooked right after recipe one.  Once you’ve cooked your whole chicken in the crockpot and removed the meat from the bones, throw the bones, and any skin and/or fat, right back in the crockpot (yes, with the onions and the juice that is already in the pot).  Add in the following ingredients:

1 – 2 carrots, roughly chopped
1 – 2 stalks of celery, roughly chopped (sometimes I use the leftover pieces of celery that I normally wouldn’t include in a recipe, but that are technically edible since we are just looking for the flavor here)
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of fresh parsley (or about 1 tsp dried parsley)
1 sprig of fresh thyme (or about 1 tsp dried parsley)
Salt and pepper to taste
*sometimes I also like to add a few garlic cloves or some minced garlic, depending on what I have in the house

Now fill the rest of the pot almost to the top with water.  Cover, and then let it cook on low overnight.  In the morning, you’ll smell a wonderful, savory aroma of homemade chicken broth.  Turn off your crockpot if it hasn’t gone off on it’s own, and then take out a large bowl and a strainer.  I usually strain my chicken broth into a large bowl, and then transfer the broth from the bowl into the smaller freezer containers.  Do whatever is easiest for you.  Make sure to label your containers with the contents and date before putting them in the freezer for long term storage.  I only make one batch of broth from these chicken parts, but I have heard of others who will throw it all back in the pot, add more water, and put it cooking again.  I just simply don’t use that much broth on a regular basis to do so.

So what do I use my chicken broth for? I have an easy one-pot recipe for chicken alfredo that calls for chicken broth.  I include my homemade chicken broth in gumbo and in chicken tortilla soup.  I also use it in soups, and sometimes even as a replacement for beef broth, depending on what recipe it is.  What do you use chicken broth for?

–Brandi

 

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