Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 

Chicken stock is the key to many recipes, and you’re probably buying loads of the canned stuff from the grocery store. I was, too, until I started making it myself. It only took one batch of homemade stock to make me a convert. I never went back to store-bought because the flavor, texture and price are so much better when it is homemade. You can do it, too, and it’s easier than you think.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

In my house, we roast a whole chicken almost every week. We have some of it that night and use the leftovers in everything from tacos to soups throughout the week.

Previously, the carcass got tossed in the trash. One day, I decided to toss the scraps into my slow cooker with some leftover vegetables, and I realized making chicken stock was one of the easiest and most convenient things I’d ever made. And when it was done? It was delicious!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 

Since I’ve been at this for a few years, I developed a system that works well for my family. Anytime we use carrots, celery, onions or herbs, we save the scraps (the peels, the stems, the leaves, etc) in a bag in the freezer. We do the same with the carcass after roasting a chicken. When the bags fill up, we pull out the slow cooker and make beautiful homemade stock.

Freeze it flat so you can stack them in your freezer! Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 

Once the stock is made, I store it in 2-cup increments in freezer bags, since they stack well or can be tucked into unused corners between the ice cream and the frozen berries. If I know I’ll be using the stock within the next week, I store it in mason jars in the refrigerator*. I label the type of stock and the quantity, and now flavorful homemade chicken stock is always there when I need it.

Try this recipe at home, and let us know if it changes the way you use chicken stock in your kitchen.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 


Slow Cooker Chicken Stock
YIELDS: 6 servings

Ingredients
1 roasted chicken carcass
4 medium carrots, peeled, cut in 2-inch pieces
2 ribs celery, cut in 2-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, quartered
1 dried bay leaf
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 sprig each fresh thyme, rosemary, basil and parsley
8 cups water
Instructions
Place chicken carcass in slow cooker crock.
Arrange carrots, celery, garlic and onion around chicken. Add bay leaf and sprinkle with peppercorns.
Tie herbs together to make a bouquet garni. Place on top of chicken and vegetables.
Pour water over ingredients in crock.
Cover and cook for 3 to 4 hours on HIGH or 6 to 7 hours on LOW.
Strain mixture into a large measuring cup or bowl with a spout.
Serve immediately or freeze in serving-size portions.
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*Do not freeze stock in glass mason jars.



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