Chicken Stock ContainersEstimated Cost:  $2.00

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Cook Time:  4 hours

Serves:  4 – 6 cups stock

Having refrigerated (or frozen) chicken stock on hand can jump start so many recipes.  Not only does it speed up preparation time, homemade chicken stock just adds extra love into whatever you are cooking.  
I use a lot of precooked rotisserie chickens in my recipes, many of which are already available here at Kitchen Survival.  I NEVER throw away the carcass of the bird before making up a batch of chicken stock.

Leftover bones and skin from a cooked or raw chicken carcass
1 lg. onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped (include some leaves)
1 large carrot, chopped
1 tsp. parsley
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

1. Put chicken carcass (including skin) into a large stock pot and cover with cold water. Add onion, celery, carrot, parsley, salt, and pepper.

2. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to bring the stock to a simmer. Simmer uncovered at least 4 hours, occasionally skimming off the foam that comes to the surface.

3. Remove the bones and strain the stock.

4. Stock may be refrigerated (for up to 10 days) or frozen for future use.

Mike’s comments:

I always freeze my chicken stock in 1 cup portions using Ziploc containers. You can thaw it in minutes, either on the stove or microwave. In this way you don’t risk letting your hard work spoil in the fridge.