Sunday, December 20, 2009

when snowed in, make chicken stock!

We seem to be quite snowed in this morning. Rumor has it we're only supposed to get 1-2" where we live - but we've got at least 5" out there already, and it's still coming down hard!

So, since we're here, we decided to use some of the chicken bones from recent roast chicken dinners to make chicken stock. The chickens came from Riverview Farm (Madbury, NH), and Hayward Farm (Gilmanton Iron Works, NH). We've been saving the bones in the freezer until we had enough - and until we knew we were going to be home for a few hours. And since we had plenty of carrots, onions, garlic, dill, and oregano from the farmers' markets to add to the "mix," we have a nice mostly-local (except for the bay leaf and salt) stock boiling away!

Soup for lunch later... can't wait!


Life Looms Large said...

Perfect day for cooking!

When I woke up this morning at 5, it had just started snowing, and they'd changed the forecast to say it would wind down by 10.

Now it's 1, still snowing, 4 inches on the ground. A very pretty, peaceful sort of day. Perfect for chicken soup! Enjoy!!


Sara said...


It sounds like you all got all the snow. We got nothing...and it doesn't look we are going to get any today.

You stock sounds wonderful...Now, I have a question - how long will the stock keep? And, how do you store it?

Colleen said...

Well we definitely got at least 5 inches here by the time the storm was over - maybe 6... it was definitely a good day for staying home and cooking (and eating... (grin))!! In addition to the stock, we made banana bread - yum!

Sara, we keep the stock for 2 or 3 days in the refrigerator - then anything we haven't used (to make soup, rice, couscous, etc.) we freeze in 8 ounce portions, so we can pull it out and defrost as needed for cooking. In the freezer it pretty much keeps indefinitely!


Sara said...

Thanks, Colleen...Now I won't be so afraid to try and make some myself.

Colleen said...

Awesome - definitely let me know how it comes out!!