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A Covid Hunker down cooking tip I will absolutely be adopting when things return to normal is
Crock Pot Stock. It's very inexpensive since you are using leftover chicken bones, water and other items you have on hand. Stock can be a healthy substitution for butter in many items and also can make so many items taste richer. Since I like to make soups, It's great to freeze this stock so I can defrost when I have items on hand to make soup and a much better one using this fine stock as a base. What a food win, for all of us hunkering down or not, rich tasting, healthy and thrifty!
Leftover chicken bones/skin
I used bones and skin from 1 store bought cooked chicken
Salt after cooking to taste
Dried Herbs on hand I used thyme and for a different batch dried tarragon
fresh garlic -7 cloves or a few teaspoons of garlic powder
1/2 to 2 Onions or what you have
Take leftover chicken bones/skin put in crock pot
add optional herbs on hand I like to pick just a couple
add optional vegetables on hand ( garlic, onions)
fill water 1/2 to 3/4 of crock pot, less water for larger crock pot
Cook on low for at least 12 hours,
I've also cooked for 2 days and it becomes richer, like bone broth but will likely shrink in quantity,
you will need to keep an eye that you have enough water in the pot and that enough broth develops for what you wanted.
Strain I used a spoon to remove bones, I left the garlic and onions and items I wanted in the stock.
I made a version using garlic, onions and dried tarragon and even enjoyed
eating it as is. I like to salt/season to taste afterward so the stock can be used for other recipes.
My mother made a version and used red peppers, celery and onions, she cooked for 48 hours
and used the stock for a gumbo base, it turned out wonderful and rich
In addition to a soup base, I've used the chicken stock to flavor and cook down cauliflower rice , quinoa and to add richness to vegetables. Stock can also be used to make pan sauces. by adding wine and herbs to pan drippings.
I hope you like this stock recipe as much as I do.
Bon Appetit shares their recipe for pan sauce from stock and has additional tips for using leftover stock;
Some past roadtrips voyage to Paris, Miami, Vail, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Hawaii, Niagra Falls Toronto, Tulum, St Lucia, Exuma, Italy, Nice, St Tropez, St Raphael, and Monaco.....while others can be found in South Louisiana roads, Capital City or nearby New Orleans. I'm looking forward to new road trips and am glad to share the experience with you.