A little bit of this and a little of that and you stir the pot…

I made my first batch of Chicken broth this week! I have heard of so many good things and endless benefits about the nourishing, gut healing bone broths and have wanted to give it a go. How hard can it be? Slightly tricky when you are sick and the chef of the household, the husband, is down for the count with a fever, however definitely doable.

At the markets this week our awesome butcher Jarrod had free range whole chickens at a very reasonable price. So we took the plunge and bought one, having never roasted a chook before in my life. What was I going to do with it now? I had seen on Real Food Real Change (18 November) “Why roast one chook when you can roast two and have leftovers that give and give plus bones for stock.”. That gave me an idea: bone broth.

Changing Habits Chicken and Vegetable Bone Broth was the recipe of choice as I only had one chook, the steps were straight forward for a non-cook like me to follow and I love Cyndi’s philosophy of nutrition. Some people use a slow cooker for bone broths; I had my new Chasseur cast iron pot to use which happened to be the perfect size. I read through Alexx Stuart’s blog on tips on how to make bone broth as I wanted reassurance having not ever done this before.

So here it is in 10 easy steps (see here for detailed steps).

Ingredients – Whole chicken, onions, vegetables and a large pot to fix all of this in.

Chicken Onions Pot

Free range chicken, onions and my Chasseur pot

Veges

Vegetables soaking for 10 minutes with a splash of vinegar to wash clean

 

1. Brown chicken

Brown Chicken

Browning the chicken

2. Brown onions

Onions

Adding the onions

3. Add water to cover.

Water

Full to the brim, just fits

4. Boil then simmer

Boil

Bring to boil

5. Cook for 3 hours. De-meat the chicken.

Simmer

Simmer for 3 hours

Remove meat

Cooked chicken

No Bones

Shredded chicken

6. Add bones back in. Cook 12 hours.

Overnight 12 hours

Overnight 12 hours on low heat

7. Strain bones and put broth back into pot

Strain

Straining the bones

8. Add vegetables and cook 30 minutes till tender

Veges simmer

Add the vegetables

Season

Seasoning

9. Add cooked chicken

Serve

Dishing it up

10. Season with Changing Habits seaweed salt and Changing Habits dulse fakes and enjoy!

Chicken

Yum!

We got 6 meals from the Chicken and Vegetable Bone Broth, 4 jars of broth plus another 4 meals of chicken pasta bake using the leftover chicken.  For a $15 chicken and $15 of vegetables plus electricity works out to be about $4 a meal, which is super cheap cheap.

Meals

Meals a plenty!

I feel like chicken tonight, like chicken tonight!

 

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