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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Perpetual Bone Broth -Update 1/31/12

So .. How's the perpetual chicken stock in the pot for a week going?  Today is Day 4.  My pot is on the slow cook burner on the stove top.  I've taken out at least 1-1/2 gallons of stock in the past three days, and enough chicken meat at the end of Day 1 to make several meals.  I must admit, it's going fine ... Day 2 was a bit 'gross' as all the chicken skin and veggies kept floating on top ... making it appear to be nothing but 'muck' soup.  Yesterday, I took a fine mesh skimmer and took the floating debris from the pot.  Now .. it's just a lovely golden clear stock that steeps .. not boiling or simmering .. at a constant temp around 180F.  When I ladle out what's needed for the day, I pour it in a fat separator and through a fine mesh.  The liquid is perfectly clear and very flavorful .. no foul taste at all ... and I bring it to just a simmer in a small pan ... just to be on the safe side.  Adding a pinch of salt and a little dried thyme makes for a good hot beverage .. or the start to great soup.  Last night I used a quart of the broth when making homemade enchilada sauce .. the previously de-boned chicken was part of the filling.  

I entered a give-a-way at 'Growing In The Fens' blog and my name was drawn.  This nifty super-protective oven mitt was the gift.  It's made so nicely and of good quality.  Baking bread will be a bit easier with this beauty instead of using two separate hot pads.  Thank you!  I will think of my blog friend every time I use it. 

Our computer is finally back on-line now that we got a new service provider.  So far .. so good.

I came across this(chicken) bone broth recipe using a crock pot that is perpetually filled with an ongoing batch of broth for the entire week.  Will try it tomorrow and let you know how it works.  There's even a nifty energy-wise comparison chart here if you think having your crock pot running all week would be too expensive; I hope you enjoy nosing around this great website (The Nourished Kitchen). I signed up for the email newsletter.  Tomorrow, I'll share how I (somewhat) redeemed the sauerkraut that I canned late last summer.  For those that like to keep a well stocked pantry in case of an emergency or food shortage, and yet know the advantages of fermented sauerkraut, stay tuned .. you will be mildly surprised to know you can have both.


Dani said...

Mrs Mac - Making bone broth in a solar oven would cost you even less LOL

Humble wife said...

I am looking forward to the crockpot chicken stock~excuse me I just read Dani's comment~LOL!


Sandy said...

Congrats on the great win. That's so nice. The Nourished Kitchen is a good real foodie blog that I also subscribe to. I am always looking for an easier and less time consuming way to keep good healthy broth handy.
I have a new recipe blog if you're interested, The Bountiful Plate.

Mrs. Mac said...

I've got the broth cooking on my stove top's 'slow cooker' burner in a stainless steel stock pot. I was afraid my old elect. crock pot would not hold up for a week's worth of use. It really doesn't even smell like chicken broth in my home unless you lift the lid. Not bad! Will let you know how it turns out this week.

Wendy said...

oooh, that's very useful! that perpetual bone broth sounds very interesting - and potentially delicious!!