Homemade Broth

Making broth (or stock) from scratch is fairly easy once you've practiced and homemade broth is a great ingredient to have on hand. Keep it in your freezer - it's free of all preservatives and full of delicate flavors, so it won't keep as well as commercially available products. Make a batch before the holidays arrive so you'll be prepared when it's time to cook special meals. To help get ready for special occasions, I'm making a free party planning guide available today - check below for details. Now, here's my mom's recipe for a simple chicken or turkey broth.

Ingredients

  • 3 large carrots
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 onion
  • 10 - 17 dried clove buds
  • 12 - 14 peppercorns
  • 3 to 5 cups of chicken or turkey bones
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • enough water to cover (about 8 quarts)

How to

  1. Trim carrots and celery, peel the onion and stud it with cloves, and put all ingredients into a large stock pot.
  2. Heat on high for just a few minutes until bubbles barely start to form as the water just barely begins to boil.
  3. Simmer on the lowest heat setting for about 2 hours, covered with a loose lid.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat, take out the vegetables and the bones, and cool the broth completely.
  5. Strain the broth into a measuring cup and use immediately or store in pre-measured quantities in your freezer.

Notes & Tips

  • Don't boil the broth vigorously or for too long. The vegetables should be just tender, as they would be if you were cooking them to serve as a side dish. If you boil too vigorously, the delicate aromas will boil away from the broth rather than infusing from the meat & veggies into the broth, and if you cook the veggies until they're mushy they'll start to dissolve and make your broth cloudy.
  • Freeze the broth in smaller quantities rather than large ones - that way you don't have to thaw 8 cups when you only need 1 cup of stock.

Party Planning Guide

There is always a reason to celebrate! Coming up on October 26th it will be my name day and I'd like to help at least 100 people between now and then with planning their own parties and celebrations, no matter what dietary restrictions may be involved. With a little planning, you can make birthdays, get-togethers, and even holiday meals wonderful times together where everyone can be healthy as well as happy. And isn't that worth celebrating? Get the guide.

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