Making Broth

Broth from meat and vegetables

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Home Made Broth

Homemade broth is an easy, delicious, nutritious, satisfying and thrifty food. It uses little of your limited food budget and even less of your time.

If you can get any kind of bones – like marrow bones, dog bones, knuckle bones and any other bones use them to make broth. Since broth making requires a lot of slow cooking either use your crock pot or a low burner on your stove. You will get the best flavor by keeping the different kinds of bones separate. Chicken bones are probably the easiest to accumulate but broth can be made out of any bones.

If you eat chicken ask the butcher to cut it up for you or better yet ask the butcher to show you how to cut it up! Tell the butcher you want all the bones. In fact, you might ask him if he has any extra bones. I know at the store where I shop we can order a box of chicken backs.

Making Broth

Place a whole chicken or 3 to 4 pounds of backs or wings and/or necks in a pan. Add about 4 quarts of water. Add about 1/4 cup vinegar, a couple sliced carrots, sliced celery and a chopped onion. Let sit for about 1/2 hour.

Heat the mixture slowly. Carefully skim off the scum as it rises to the top. Once the scum is removed turn the temperature down so the broth will very gently simmer for 12 to 48 hours. The nearer to 48 hours it cooks  the richer the broth will be. Check every couple hours to see if it needs more water.

Cool the broth enough to  remove the bones. Pick the meat off  then the bones and save to use in soups, to use in  burritos, to be creamed for over potatoes  or a grain or ground to make a  sandwich spread.

Storing Broth

Strain the liquid and put in the refrigerator to chill. If you wish you can store the broth in quart and pint jars, yogurt containers or in ice cube trays. If the broth chills to gelatin try using my favorite the blob method.

Just use a large spoon or a 1/4 cup measuring cup and place blobs on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Freeze.

Place the frozen blobs in a ziploc bag to store.  Be sure to label the bag. Frozen beef, chicken and lamb broth look the same!


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