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One of my favorite items to buy at Costco is their rotisserie chicken. I use most of the meat to make dinner for my family of 6, and then I use the leftovers to make a nice, homemade chicken stock to use later in the week.
Making broth and stock is a very simple thing that our grandparents and great grandparents used to do all the time. Back when wasting food was not an option, they used the bones, cartilage, skin, and other parts of the bird, that we promptly discard, to put nourishing soups and hearty meals on the table for pennies on the dollar.
Somewhere along the way, in these convenience food years, we’ve lost our knowledge of where real food comes from and how easy (and often inexpensive) it can be to prepare. Instead of using what we have to create a delicious dinner we pop open a can full of sodium and additives.
To start with, grab a rotisserie chicken or throw a bird in your slow cooker. You can use a whole chicken, a turkey breast, etc. just use whatever you’ve got on hand. If you want to make broth, you can omit the bones and just use some leftover dark meat. This time I used a turkey breast so if you are wondering why the stock is a little dark, that is why.
So simple and easy!
My kid’s love homemade chicken soup using this stock.
When I’m ready to make it, I just dump the stock into a pot, pull out some leftover chicken from the fridge or freezer, chop up fresh veggies, add some herbs & spices to taste, and then let the kids decide if they want potatoes, noodles, or rice. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the vegetables are tender, and enjoy the taste of real food.
I know this isn’t your average recipe post, but what I want you to see here is that some things don’t need to be complicated. You can look in your fridge and pantry, see what you’ve got, and then put together a delicious, nourishing meal without using 500 ingredients you had to buy at the specialty store. I know it takes a little planning ahead, but in a Saturday afternoon you can freeze enough basic stock/broth to be used in a multitude of meals down the road.
Your Great Grandma would be proud.