Homemade Pantry Staples: Chicken Stock

by Melody on August 1, 2012





As part of the Great Food Revolution of 2012, we will be sharing several recipes for pantry staples to help replace the more processed versions in your pantry.  You can read more about some of the simple pantry swaps we have recently made here.

A few years ago, I finally tackled roasting my own chicken.  You can pick up whole fryer chickens for around $.88/lb on a good sale and for that price, I knew I needed to figure this out.  Not only can you get a few delicious meals from the chicken, but you can use the entire leftover carcass to make a super easy chicken stock.

Homemade Chicken Stock
Adapted from this recipe by Ina Garten


Carcass and fat from full roasted chicken
6 carrots, unpeeled and halved or quartered
6 celery stalks, halved or quartered
1 large onion, unpeeled and quartered
1 full head garlic, unpeeled and cut in half
Dried or fresh parsley, thyme and dill
Salt and pepper


In a large stock pot, add all ingredients and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 4 hours.  Remove solids and refrigerate overnight.  Skim fat off the top.  Use immediately or freeze for later use.

I use the small Ziploc containers (Amazon) to freeze.  That way I can pull out as little or as much as I need and they defrost quickly.

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