Thursday, May 19, 2011

Really helpful today

My mom is a godsend...and a really good cook.  She made me some chicken stock and it is really tasty.  This is the recipe she uses:


  • 3 (5-pound) roasting chickens (actually, she uses 3 carcasses from the chickens you buy at Costco)
  • 3 large yellow onions, unpeeled and quartered
  • 6 carrots, unpeeled and halved
  • 4 stalks celery with leaves, cut into thirds
  • 4 parsnips, unpeeled and cut in half, optional
  • 20 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 15 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 20 sprigs fresh dill
  • 1 head garlic, unpeeled and cut in 1/2 crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns


Place the chickens, onions, carrots, celery, parsnips, parsley, thyme, dill, garlic, and seasonings in a 16 to 20-quart stockpot. Add 7 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 4 hours. Strain the entire contents of the pot through a colander and discard the solids. Chill the stock overnight. The next day, remove the surface fat. Use immediately or pack in containers and freeze for up to 3 months.

She also froze them for me using silicone ice cube trays (which measure exactly one ounce each), like these:
and individually froze them, using a Seal-a-Meal vacuum sealer.  She did this so they wouldn't stick and they would be exactly one ounce each.    I just defrost them in the microwave and enjoy!

So very helpful!  and Yummy :)


Jacquie said...

That is great Sandy! Moms are priceless! I tell my daughters that every day said...

That's great. My mom was a big supporter for me during surgery. Here's to fantastic moms!

Sheila said...

Awwww that is SO sweet! My mom helped after surgery also, gotta love Moms! :-)