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Unsalted Chicken Stock

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Ingredients
  Chicken wings 3 Pound
  Chicken parts 3 Pound (wings, backs, etc.)
  Carrots 2 , scraped
  Carrots 2 , scraped and sliced
  Onions 3 , cut into quarters
  Onions 3 , cut
  Garlic buds 5
  Garlic 5
  Parsley sprigs 2
  Bay leaves 2
  Crushed dried basil 1 Teaspoon
  Dried basil 1 Teaspoon, crushed
  Peppercorns 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Water 1 (As Required)
  Distilled water 2 Cup (32 tbs) (adjust quantity as needed)
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 400°F.

MAKING
2) In a large pot or soup kettle, put the chicken parts, whole chicken (if using) and all remaining ingredients and add distilled water to cover by 1 inch.
3) Slowly bring it to boil.
4) Partially cover about 1 inch to allow steam to escape.
5) Simmer and cook on very slow flame for about 3 hours, or until whole chicken is tender.
6) Remove chicken and continue to simmer stock for another 3 to 4 hours.
7) (If you are not cooking the whole chicken, simply simmer for 6 to 7 hours.) Cool stock to room temperature.
8) Brown the bones for 30 minutes in a roasting pan.
9) Add the onions, carrots and garlic and brown together for another 30 minutes, or until a rich, deep brown in color.
10) Add the browned meat and vegetables in a large pot or soup kettle with all the remaining ingredients, adding the distilled water to cover by 1 inch.
11) Slowly bring it to boil, then lower heat and simmer slowly for 5 minutes; remove any froth that forms on the surface.
12) Strain the stock using cheesecloth.
13) Use as required to make soups, stews, sauces or gravies.

TIP
Cooking the stewing chicken is helpful as it adds flavor to the stock and it gives a beautifully seasoned chicken for dinner or chicken meat for preparing many other dishes, such as soups, sandwiches, etc.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Method: 
Boiled
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
70 Minutes
Ready In: 
75 Minutes

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