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.
1. Brown chicken
2. Brown onions
3. Add water to cover.
4. Boil then simmer
5. Cook for 3 hours. De-meat the chicken.
6. Add bones back in. Cook 12 hours.
7. Strain bones and put broth back into pot
8. Add vegetables and cook 30 minutes till tender
9. Add cooked chicken
10. Season with Changing Habits seaweed salt and Changing Habits dulse fakes and enjoy!
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.
I feel like chicken tonight, like chicken tonight!