After making a scrumptious roast chicken, I decided to make my own chicken stock to not waste the carcass. I've purchased plenty of store-bought chicken broth and in a pinch it works perfectly. However, it doesn't compare to the homemade variation, which has a rich, strong chicken flavor and insanely delicious smell.
While the entire process is long, it requires little attention — only a quick skim and water check, periodically. This recipe makes about 16 cups of chicken stock. Since I can't imagine using it all at once, and want to have it on hand when I need it, I cooled the liquid and froze it in individual bags. To get started on your own homemade chicken stock, read more.
4 pounds chicken carcasses, including necks and backs Makes about 16 cups.
1 large onion, quartered
4 carrots, peeled and cut in 1/2
4 ribs celery, cut in 1/2
1 leek, white part only, cut in 1/2 lengthwise
10 sprigs fresh thyme
10 sprigs fresh parsley with stems
2 bay leaves
8 to 10 peppercorns
2 whole cloves garlic, peeled
2 gallons cold water
4 pounds chicken carcasses, including necks and backs
Makes about 16 cups.