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I use homemade chicken stock so much that I have to make it almost every week, especially during the winter months. So I found a way to make it fast!
I like to freeze it into bags of various sizes, so I can defrost as big or small an amount as required.
If one of us gets the flu or a cold, a chicken broth is always ready to pamper us.
To give the stock a deep flavor, I always put a Bouquet Garni herb bundle in it.
It’s a leek leaf wrapped around rosemary, laurel and thyme freshly picked from the garden.
The herbs, as well as the leek, add some subtle complexity to the broth.
To make the broth, I use a free-range chicken and cook it with all the stock ingredients in a pressure cooker.
It is done in only 35 minutes. If you don’t have one, boil the chicken for 2 hours.
My pressure cooker is a WMF Perfect Pressure Cooker (affiliate link to amazon).
If you want to know why I love it compared to others and what else I cook with it you can find my review here: Pressure Cooker
When the stock is ready, I remove all of the ingredients from the broth before letting it cool down completely.
While I discard the vegetables, I have an entire boiled chicken to use.
A boiled chicken can be boring to eat, but I have different recipes to revive it:
By the way, you can also make chicken stock from just the carcass of a roasted chicken.
As long as no one has been chewing on the bones!!
I make sure I label them and put the date.
Once the stocks are frozen they look exactly the same.
With all the stock ready in the freezer, my weekly dinner meals are much easier to prepare.
If you are interested to know what other prep food I freeze you can read about it here in the article:
Homemade chicken stock
- 1 Bouquet Garni: leek leaf wrapped around rosemary, laurel and thyme
- 1 large carrot
- 1 large onion
- 1 large celery stalk
- 5 seeds pepper
- 1 tbsp coarse salt
- 1 hole free range chicken or the carcass of a roasted chicken
- Put the free-range chicken and all the ingredients in the pressure pan cover with water up to 2/3 of the height and cook it for 35 minutes. Boil for 2 hours if you don’t have a pressure cooker
- When ready, remove all of the ingredients from the broth before letting it cool down completely.
- Once cold, remove the fat by filtering it through a paper towel or a percolator coffee filter.
- Use it or freeze it into bags of various sizes, so it can be defrosted as big or small an amount as required.
- To defrost, microwave the container for 5 minutes, and then use as instructed in your recipe.