Monday, February 7, 2011


Hey...hope everyone had a blessed weekend and enjoyed the game. Yes...chicken stock can be easy...a few minutes of prep-time can save you money in the long run. I like to buy chicken on sale and make stock and freeze for my recipes. Thaw out the night before in refrigerator. If you know what you are preparing for the week keep stock in a air tight container in refrigerator. If you don't like the messiness of d-boning a whole chicken and chopping a lot of veggies try this...

INGREDIENTS:  3 leg quarters
1 chicken breasts
4 celery stalks (chopped w/leaves)
1/2 yellow onion (sliced))
1 bag carrots (cut/pealed)
salt and pepper

In a large stock pot and onions, celery, onions, carrots. Add chicken and fill enough water to cover chicken. Salt and pepper and cook on medium heat until it starts to boil. Reduce heat and cook on low for about 40 minutes. Carefully remove chicken and let cool on plate. D-bone chicken and divide/place in containers for the week. Ladle half of stock from pan and place in freezer friendly containers when stock has cooled. Label and freeze.

TWIST:  your stock is add shredded chicken back into pot with maybe some corn and broccoli and let simmer until tender. You now just made "healthy vegetable soup" for your family.

FREEZER TIP:  I used to buy freezer labels until my step-mother "Pat" told me one day...why don't you just use a piece of tape and sharpie maker. Imagine that...again saving money!

TOMORROW:  "Chicken Stir-fry"

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