It didn’t occur to me that not everyone knows how to make chicken broth until I was sending my sister step by step tutorial. This is probably going to be the easiest thing you have ever made, in your life. I apologize for the lack of photos but by the time I realized I should have been documenting my steps, I was already cleaned up! Honestly though, you can’t mess this up.
I make broth often for homemade soup, and because meat broth is very healing for the gut. There is a difference between meat and bone broth, (this is a great resource for learning the differences) and I always make meat broth. Baby Vinnie is quite sensitive to lots of foods, so giving him this homemade broth will hopefully help those issues diminish (from the inside out!)
Here’s what you need…
- Whole chicken (I always use organic for this, but you can use what you like!)
- Good quality salt (I use Himalayan salt)
- Large Stock Pot
Here’s what you do…
- Unwrap your chicken and remove any giblets (I really don’t like that word)
- Place chicken in the bottom of your large stock pot.
- Fill pot with water until chicken is just covered.
- Add salt. This is tricky because I never measure. Someone once gave me the advice that you should add as much as you think, then double it. So true because good quality salt packs great minerals – and gives broth flavor. So add a whole bunch. Like, a lot. Seriously.
- Cover and simmer for 1.5 – 2 hours.
- Remove chicken.
- Optional: Strain broth
- Let cool, and store in the fridge for a few days or freeze for longer term storage!
A few notes…
- When I remove the chicken from the pot, I put it in the oven and crisp it up and we eat it for dinner (warning, it can be a little dry). Then, if there is any left I usually take it off the bones and use it for soup! I really don’t like wasting food, so this makes me happy.
- Freezing broth is super easy. You can put it in mason jars (leave enough room at the top for expansion!) or ice cube trays. Like I said earlier, I give Vinnie broth in his sippy cup so the ice cubes work great for us.
- Last but not least, to get all the benefits that this broth packs, you really don’t want to microwave it. Even when I make it into soup I still heat it on top of the stove. Super easy, and only take a few extra minutes!
That’s it! Told you it would be easy. Now, stop buying cartons of broth for $2-$4 each when you can make your own for a few bucks AND eat the chicken. Enjoy!
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