Homemade Chicken Broth

Inexpensive Chicken Broth.  Noted in Nashville.Homemade Chicken Broth

Just in time for the holidays.  How many of your favorite holiday recipes would you guess call for chicken broth?  2 . . . 3 . . . 27?

The other day I perused the “odd meats” section of the grocery store for the same reason I check the clearance rack – I’m cheap thrifty.  A mathematically inspired epiphany struck me as I stared at chicken backs wondering, “What the heck can you do with chicken backs?”

A 32 oz. carton of chicken broth costs $2.50 – $3.50.  A package of chicken backs costs $1.50 – $2.50.  (Already this is sounding good; but wait, there’s more.)  With the addition of a little onion, maybe some garlic, a bay leaf or two, carrots, etc, homemade broth still comes out ahead.  I made 80 ounces (10 cups) of broth for $2.50.  That’s a savings of $3.75 – $6.25.

I have to say, homemade broth comes out ahead in taste too.  There’s just something special about the flavor of soups, casseroles, stuffing, and gravy when cooked with love . . . oh yeah, and fresh broth too.

  • Stock/Soup Pot
  • 1 Package Chicken Backs
  • ½ Yellow Onion, Sliced
  • 2 Carrots, Roughly Chopped
  • 2 – 3 Small Bell Peppers, De-seeded (for sweetness)
  • 2 Dried Bay Leaves
  • ¾ tsp. Dried Rosemary
  • ¼ tsp. Dried Thyme
  • ¾ Tbsp. Salt

Other ingredients that work well are celery (leaves and all), garlic, peppercorns, and fresh thyme.

Inexpensive Chicken Broth.  Noted in Nashville.Rinse chicken backs.  Add to pot.

Cover chicken with 12 cups water.

Inexpensive Chicken Broth.  Noted in Nashville.Chop, peel, de-seed, and slice vegetables.  Add to pot.  Add bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, and salt to pot.

Bring to boil.  Reduce to simmer.  Cover, leaving a small vent for steam to escape.  Simmer for 2 hours.

Remove chicken backs.  Put aside.

Skim away any spume (foam – SHAMELESS PLUG:  Read a story using this word at The “Ss” Words) that may have formed.

Inexpensive Chicken Broth.  Noted in Nashville.Strain broth, separating vegetables and bay leaves from liquid.

Inexpensive Chicken Broth.  Noted in Nashville.Inexpensive Chicken Broth.  Noted in Nashville.Refrigerate, allowing fat to harden on the surface.  Remove excess fat.   (I like to leave a little for flavor.)

Use in your favorite dishes.

Inexpensive Chicken Broth.  Noted in Nashville.


6 thoughts on “Homemade Chicken Broth

    • It was new for me too. The broth went into two jumbo pots of soups, making them “like, even better.” (King Julian, Madagascar II)

      It’s so cool to see comments from you waiting in our Notifications box! Can’t wait for you to do a guest post. 🙂

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