Making homemade chicken stock is so great, and quite simple. If you’re looking for something super convenient, you can buy it at the store. But once you’ve made your own, you won’t want to go back.
Here’s why we switched to making our own chicken stock:
- It tastes DELICIOUS!
- It’s surprisingly easy.
- It puts you in control of how much to make. (We always make A LOT and then store the extras in the freezer)
- It will give you moist, shredded chicken (if you follow the recipe listed below).
- And most importantly, it’s significantly cheaper.
Tips on making a BUDGET-FRIENDLY chicken stock
Save the scraps from onions, celery, and carrots (any of the parts that you would otherwise throw away). Keep a bag in the freezer and add to it every time cook.
Buy Bay Leaves in bulk. They add great flavor, so you don’t want to skip out on these, but they can be really expensive at the store. If you’re going to be making homemade stock and soups on a regular basis, bulk is best!
When whole chickens go on sale, buy an extra one or two and store them in the freezer. You can often find whole chickens on sale for $0.79 or $0.99 per pound.
What can you do with chicken stock?
Chicken stock adds great flavor to whatever you’re making. Stock is primarily used for the base in soups, but that’s not all it can be used for. Here are a few of my favorite recipes: Butternut Squash Soup, Smoky Turkey Chili, Chicken Tortilla Soup
Replace some of the water with stock when making rice or pasta. Use stock when steaming veggies. Or add a splash of stock when reheating food in the microwave to prevent it from drying out.
What cookware do I need to make my own chicken stock?
The easiest way to make chicken stock is in the crock pot. Then you can set it and forget it.
I often forget to get things going in the crock pot (somehow the day just gets away from me), so we typically end up using our dutch oven. Whatever you have is great, just make sure it’s big enough that you can fully submerge your chicken.
If you’re looking for new cookware, I love my Crock Pot and my Dutch Oven. We bought them both on Amazon because duh…it’s the best. And then I don’t even have to leave my house (I can be a bit of a hermit. It’s probably good I still have a job in addition to blogging or I’d never make it to the outside world.)
Make sure to check out the recipe below!
What’s your favorite recipe that uses chicken stock?
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