Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chicken Stock


Bone broths are full of minerals like zinc and magnesium.  Because the stock is food, the minerals are more easily absorbed than any supplement.  Chicken soup has the ability to calm, feed and repair the GI lining in the small intestine.  Chicken stock will heal the nerves, improve digestion, reduce allergies, relax and provide you with strength.  Chicken soup is truly a miracle food. 

1 whole organic chicken (see Rotisserie Chicken recipe)

4 quarts filtered water (16 cups)

2 TB Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar (optional – I leave out b/c we avoid apples)

1-2 large onions, coarsely chopped

3 organic carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped

4 organic celery stocks, coarsely chopped

1 bunch organic parsley

2 TB unprocessed sea salt (i.e. -Celtic, Himalayan)

1 TB organic coconut oil

1-2 TB fresh ginger (optional)

Two or more meals are gained from this recipe.  You first have a roasted chicken to serve and can then cook the bones for stock, and then make soup. 

After you’re done with your rotisserie chicken, save the bones for making stock in a large pot or freeze the bones in a large zip lock bag if you want to make it later.  

Add all of the ingredients (except salt) and let it sit for a minimum of 30 minutes with no flame on, or up to12 hours in a large stock pot.  Then, bring to a boil and scrape any scum that rises to the top.   Simmer for anywhere from 6-12 hours.  You can add more water if it cooks down too much. Add the parsley about 10 minutes before you are finished cooking the stock.  This will add more minerals to the stock.  Add salt to taste.  

When the stock cools, strain and put it in the refrigerator to further cool.  I put mine in glass mason jars.  After the stock has cooled, scrape the fat off the top. You can save it for sautéing meat or vegetables, or throw it away.  I then transfer the stock to quart size zip lock freezer bags labeled, or I use it right away to make soup (see chicken soup recipe). 

*Adapted from Nourishing Traditions Cookbook by Sally Fallon.

Feingold Stage 1 if you omit the apple cider vinegar.

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