Use this versatile chicken stock as a base for classic soups, such as Broccoli Cream Soup and Creamy Tomato Soup. The recipe is adapted from the "Martha Stewart's Cooking School" cookbook.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place chicken parts in a stockpot just large enough to hold them with about 3 inches of room above (an 8-quart pot should do) and add enough water to cover by 1 inch (about 3 quarts). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, using a ladle to skim impurities and fat that rise to the top.

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  • Add vegetables, bay leaf, and peppercorns and reduce heat to a bare simmer (bubbles should just gently break the surface). Cook, skimming frequently, for at least 1 1/2 hours and up to 4 hours.

  • Pass stock through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a large heatproof measuring cup or another bowl or pot; do not press on solids. Discard solids.

  • Skim off fat if using immediately, or let cool completely (in an ice-water bath, if desired) before transferring to airtight containers. Refrigerate at least 8 hours to allow the fat to accumulate at the top; lift off and discard fat before using or storing stock.

Cook's Notes

Stock can be refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen up to 3 months; thaw completely in the refrigerator before using.

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05/30/2013
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01/18/2013
I made this on a cold day and it was the perfect stock. I regularly save chicken parts and my farmers market sells B&E parts to fill it in (back, rib, feet, whatever). I let it sit overnight (outside) to get all the fat off. I don't have silicone muffin pans so am worried about freezing in a muffin pan may try zip bags. Plus that way they can lay flat. Or my food saver, even better. Really, it's so easy to make this, there's no excuse not to!
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08/02/2012
I buy Perdue's whole cut up chickens throughout the summer for bar-b-ques. It includes the back and all the giblets. I toss them in zip lock freezer bags and in the fall I make several pots of stock from them and freeze them in muffin tins. Then when I make roasted chicken, which is at least once a month from September to April, I have plenty of stock for gravy....not to mention soups, too. I wish Bell & Evans had whole, cut up chickens too.
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