How many times have you heard that chicken soup is good for the soul? It’s such a comforting thing when you are sick or cold. I am not talking about the canned stuff with tons of sodium and additives. I mean the rich, delicious broth that grandma used to make.
So why make your own at home?
1. It has so many health benefits when you make it from scratch.
It is more than just a fluke that doctors have prescribed chicken soup for ages. It is chock full of vitamins like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. The gelatin in it aids in digestion and improves joint heath. Also, it has been proven to help reduce stress levels and improve sleep.
2. It tastes so much better than store bought broth.
The flavor of homemade broth is totally different than what you get in the can. It adds such depth to all of your recipes and gives a flavor you can’t achieve any other way.
3. It is virtually free.
How many times have you thrown a chicken carcass away after removing the meat. I know my family has done it many times. When you make stock with it you are using what would have otherwise gone to waste. The cost of canned chicken broth can add up pretty quickly when you cook a lot.
4. It is easy and saves well.
It doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment or time especially when you are already in the kitchen. If you don’t have a use for broth at the moment you can freeze it for later. Either freeze the bones to use later or make broth and freeze it to thaw when you need it.
Things you’ll need:
- at least one chicken carcass: bones, skin, etc.
- large pot
- Place carcass and bones in pot and fill until covered with water
- Bring to a boil and continue boiling for about an hour.
- Let cool for another hour.
- Strain well.
- Now you can either use in a recipe or freeze until needed.