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Home made chicken stock

Home made stock is so handy and can be used as a base in dishes such as soups, casseroles, sauces or as a broth. It is extremely nutritious and adds a lovely flavour to your cooking. 

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A clear and beautiful stock.

When l had a colonoscopy recently l strained it through a muslin cloth and had it before the procedure and it helped me get through the fasting period.

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Here it is as a broth with garlic and parsley.

It freezes very well and if you put it in lots of small containers is easy to add to your favourite dishes. Alternatively freeze it in a couple of larger containers and use it as a base for a soup or casserole.

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A lovely vegetable soup.
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Apricot chicken (The recipe is in the main meal section)

To make the stock start off with a good quality organic or free range chicken which you can cook using your favourite method. I usually roast mine and have a meal or two with it then use the leftover bones, meat and skin to make the stock.

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A delicious roasted chicken

Place the chicken carcass, left over meat and skin in a large stainless steel pot and cover with cold filtered water.

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Put all the leftovers in the pot and cover with filtered water. Don’t use tap water if you can avoid it.

Add the following to the pot:

1 onion or spring onion chopped up

2 or 3 celery sticks chopped into a few pieces

2 medium sized carrots chopped up

Several bay leaves

A small dash of organic apple cider vinegar

A few black peppercorns

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Everything is in the pot now.

Put the lid on and bring to the boil. Let the pot simmer most of the day and overnight if you can. When it has cooled slightly strain into a large pot or bowl.

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This part is a bit tricky.
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It is so golden and looks delicious.

Carefully pour into the storage containers. I usually freeze most of it and keep a small amount in the fridge for use during the week.

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This size is handy to add to smaller meals
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This size container is good as a base for a soup or casserole.

Some of the stock can be used straight away to make a delicious soup.

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Vegetables prepared for the soup
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Cooking nicely and the smell in the house will be lovely.
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A delicious home made soup.

Do yourself a favour and make your own stock. It is very quick to make and the taste is sensational.

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Vegetable Soup

    

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There is so much comfort in sitting down to a lovely bowl of vegetable soup, especially on a cold day.

It might seem kind of basic to be writing about how to make vegetable soup but if you haven’t had a go at it these tips might help. I like to make up big batches of soup and keep them in the freezer in small containers so l can use them as needed. The soup freezes well and if l don’t have time to let the soup defrost overnight l place the frozen tub in a small amount of hot water so it loosens from the container, then put it in a saucepan with a small amount of water. This method works very well as l do not use a microwave oven so need to find other ways of managing.

First step:

The whole base of the soup is a good stock. I have a recipe on my website for making a stock from a chicken base but you can use beef or lamb shanks. My mother used to put the lamb shank into the soup and let it all cook for several days and if you can find some grass fed lamb shanks this would be very nice. I don’t eat red meat now due to my lack of a gall bladder but my Dad was a sheep farmer and we had some lovely lamb meals when we were growing up. Although l don’t eat the red meat l could still put the beef or lamb bones into my stock mix but at this stage l am in the habit of using free range chicken as we often have a roast chicken for dinner and it is economical to then use the bones, skin and leftover meat in the stock.

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The pictures above show the cooked stock, draining out the bones and meat and finally the delicious stock which is the base of the soup. At this stage you can place small amounts of the stock in containers and freeze to use in casseroles or bolognese as examples depending on the quantity of soup you wish to make.

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Decide which vegetables you would like in your soup. I chose sweet potato, celery, pumpkin, carrot and cauliflower this time. You can add anything that you like such as cabbage and some onion if you can tolerate it. My mother used to add split peas and soup mix but l have found these can create digestive issues so avoid them now. Make sure your vegetables are washed well then cut into small pieces. Vegetables such as the carrots and celery will be there in the diced form in the final soup, but the softer vegetables such as sweet potato and carrot will dissolve and thicken the soup. Place all of your chopped vegetables in the pot with the broth and let simmer all day. Get a potato masher and mash some of the softer vegetables such as the pumpkin so they break up and thicken the soup. Serve in a bowl or mug and season with sea salt and ground black pepper. You can add a clove of crushed garlic or some sliced spring onion tops at serving as a garnish and extra flavour. Let the soup left over cool and place into the fridge or freezer for later use. Another handy idea is to take the soup hot to work in a thermos so you can enjoy a lovely lunch or have it in a mug for morning tea.

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Chicken broth with garlic and parsley

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If you are feeling under the weather or need a pick me up then this is the answer. My eighty plus year old uncle recently shared the secret to his longevity as being the regular consumption of this delicious broth, so l decided to have a go at making it and it is amazing!

First off l bought a really good quality organic chicken which l cooked and used for a couple of meals. With the leftover carcass make a delicious chicken stock. If you haven’t done it before then this is what to do:

Place the chicken carcass in a large stainless steel pot and cover with cold water. Add the following to the pot:

1 onion chopped up

2 or 3 celery sticks chopped into a few pieces

2 medium sized carrots chopped up

several bay leaves

a small dash of white vinegar

A couple of pinches of black peppercorns

Put the lid on and bring to the boil. Let the pot simmer most of the day. Strain so just the liquid is left. I used a stainless steel sieve and carefully poured the hot liquid into a big heat proof container (or use another saucepan).

To make the soup smash a section of garlic and place in a bowl. Use a ladle to fill the bowl with soup and watch as the garlic infuses into the soup. The smell is amazing. Place some roughly chopped flat leaf parsley into the bowl. Serve.

Note: This recipe makes several litres of stock. This can be placed into small containers and frozen for later use. Alternatively divide the stock into two and place the first half in the fridge/freezer and with the second half put it back on the stove and add extra vegetables such as pumpkin, celery, carrot and cauliflower to make a yummy chicken and vegetable soup.