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Chicken Stock (As Promised)

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Makes about 1.5 Litres


2kg chicken wings and the carcass/ leftovers from a chicken*.

150g onion, peeled and finely sliced

75g carrot, peeled and finely sliced

1/2 a leek cut in 3 pieces lengthways

6-10 black peppercorns



Preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas mark 6. Put the chicken wings, and the veggies into a roasting tray and put in the preheated oven for 1 hour, turning the wings every 20 minutes to ensure they are golden brown all over. Transfer all the chicken parts and veggies into a large pan, or stockpot. Pour away the fat from the roasting tray, and add a little water to the tray, scrape all of the bits from the bottom of the tray and put the liquid in the pan/stockpot, too.Add the peppercorns, along with 2.5 litres (4 1/3 pints) of water, and bring to a rapid boil. Once the water has come to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. Every 15 mins or so, skim the fat and scum off the surface with a spoon. It helps to put an icecube on the spoon to solidify the fat, making it easier to remove.

Then, after the 1-1 1/2 hours, remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool. Once cool, strain the stock through a fine sieve and leve in the fridge until cold. Skim off any remaining fat, and you should have a fresh brown chicken stock thats ready to use right away, store in the fridge for upto 3 days (in an airtight container) or freeze into icecubes or in freezer bags**


* If you haven't got a carcass, then add a few more wings if you like. If not, dont worry about it

** If you've got Ziploc freezer bags, you can put a portion in each of them, squeeze out the air, zip the bag closed and lie it flat in the freezer to save space.

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I have already been cooking stock for years and I can say that it is better than any canned or boxed junk we buy at the store. Making stock is just easy. Every non-vegetarian cook can find a use for chicken stock. Vegetarians can easily substitute vegetable. The uses for this sort of miracle base are myriad, and keeping some available is not only convenient, but it can save money. Here are some things to make with poultry stock, in case you are in search of healthy cooking ideas. You may also read this article: Save time and money and eat well with chicken or vegetable stock

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