Chicken Stock for Consomme

14 cups


  • 5 pounds chicken backs, necks, and wings (or one 5 pound chicken)

  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch lengths

  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch lengths

  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped

  • 8 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 12 whole black peppercorns

  • 2 dried bay leaves


  1. In a large stockpot, combine all ingredients. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, for 3 hours.

  2. Prepare an ice bath. Strain stock through a fine sieve into a large bowl set in the ice bath. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until room temperature. Transfer to airtight containers. Will keep, refrigerated, for up to 3 days, frozen, for up to 3 months.

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