Homemade Chicken Broth

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Hey yall, happy Friday! The weather in Michigan is getting chilly, SO, I wanted to make something warm and yummy. Let me start with I had never made broth before, nor ever bought a whole chicken, and this recipe was so simple and easy I will definitely do it again. The broth was so good, my husband and I just wanted to drink it all, we both said that it was the best broth we had ever had.

I enjoyed making this recipe because it gave me a lot of chicken to use in other recipes and broth for multiple recipes also, and of course it tasted better than store-bought broth.

I am so happy that God has put me on this road to health and cooking, when I make meals from home out of whole foods, I feel so much healthier. I can stay awake the whole day, my joints don’t ache, I have the energy to do everything on my to do list and I don’t wake up with horribly inflamed joints and tight muscles. Even though it is more of an effort to cook from scratch and make meals, it is way more rewarding. I think that comes with any thing really; when you decide to follow the path that God has set out before you, it’s not always easy, fast or simple, BUT if you will do what he is asking you to do, you will reap a harvest, whether it be in this lifetime or in eternity. If there is something God has been putting on your heart and you keep procrastinating because it’s too hard, or you don’t know how or you will do it tomorrow, STOP; start today! Ask God for the strength you need TODAY and stop worrying about tomorrow. As Jesus said,

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:24

When I started out, I lived off PB&J and Luna bars because I didn’t know how or what to cook or desire to do so at all. Eating unhealthy has brought on a significant amount of health damage and has forced me to start eating differently and now I am starting to enjoy cooking and it gets easier. Maybe it’s not changing your eating habits but is working out, or communicating better with your spouse, or forgiving your neighbor or letting go of resentment. Whatever it is, ask God to help you and then make a commitment to do so, regardless if you know how to or not. When you make that commitment, God will show you how step by step.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken about 4-5 lbs, with neck and giblets removed
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 3 carrots
  • parsley, oregano, salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 11-12 cups of water

Instructions:

  1. Rinse of your chicken and place in a large soup pot
  2. Chop onions into quarters, leaving the root and chop carrots into thirds, add these into the pot along with the celery.
  3. Then add in the spices, along with apple cider vinegar {add at least 1 tablespoon of salt}.
  4. Top with water, which should come up about an inch above the chicken.
  5. Turn the stove on High heat until the broth boils, then reduce to low and let simmer for 3-3.5 hours.
  6. If the pot starts to get low on liquid, add in more water {I did this about 3 times}.
  7. When the chicken is done pull it  out and let aside.
  8. Strain the stock into a large bowl and then return to the chicken and shred with fingers or forks.
  9. Throw out the remaining veggies {or feed to your chickens}
  10. Throw away chicken carcass
  11. When stock is room temperature cover and put in the fridge or use immediately { or just drink it because it is so good }

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This is what I got out of this recipe. The orange and blue bowls are chicken carcass, not edible. The clear Tupperware has all the usable chicken about 5-6 cups. The green bowl has the broth about 8-10 cups.

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We used some immediately for dinner because it was so good.

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All packaged up.

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My hens enjoying their treats of the left over veggies.

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