One of the best things I have learned, since starting on my wholefood journey, is how to make chicken stock. It is so easy to make and the health benefits are incredible.
Homemade Chicken Stock Benefits:
- Helps fights infection
- Helps decrease inflammation
- Encourages healthy hair and nails
- Contains calcium & magnesium for strong bones
- Calms joint pain
- Contributes to gut health
The recipe isn't fancy. I basically dump all of the ingredients in my crockpot, cook for 12-24 hours and that's it.
- 1 Chicken Carcass or a few pounds of various chicken parts
- 2-3 Stalks of Celery
- 2-3 Carrots
- 1 Onion
- 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
- Filtered Water
- Herbs (*Optional, Thyme, Parsley, Sage)
- Place chicken carcass or chicken pieces into your crockpot.
- Roughly chop and add carrots and celery.
- Peel the outer layers from the onion and quarter it. Add to crockpot.
- Cover completely with filtered water. I usually fill my crockpot to the top.
- Add 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
- Add herbs if using
- Turn crockpot to high and cook for several hours.
- Reduce heat to low and cook for 12-24 hours.
- Remove and discard vegetables, chicken may be saved for another batch of broth.
- Strain chicken stock into storage containers
Can You Freeze Homemade Chicken Stock?
You may not want to use all of your homemade chicken stock at once so there are several ways of storing it. A lot of people will strain their chicken stock into mason jars and store in the fridge or freezer. You can store chicken stock for around 4-6 days in the fridge.
I freeze my chicken stock in several ways. I pour part of my stock in gallon freezer bags and freeze them lying flat.
I also like to have smaller portions that I can pull out when I just need a few ounces for a recipe. So some of my stock gets frozen in 1 ounce portions in trays that I bought for Lexie's baby food. You can find them here. They are BPA and PVC free. Once the stock is frozen, I remove them from the trays and store in freezer bags.
Patty from Loving Our Guts has written a great book sharing all of the benefits of bone broth and even more nourishing broth recipes. You can find that here.
I hope you've enjoyed this very simple chicken stock recipe. Give it a try and you will never want to go back to store-bought stock!
P.S. For more info on the healing power of bone broth, Dr. Mercola has written a great article here. Enjoy!