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Old 05-24-2007, 12:37 PM   #1
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Cloudy to Clear?

OK, you know how sometimes you put on a pot of stock and then forget it and it boils itself cloudy before you remember it? Well I did that a while ago, and today I decided to add stuff to it. I added a diced raw chicken breast and some veggies. So, now, the broth is clear not cloudy. What happened there? This isn't the first time I've noticed that this happens when I add raw chicken to cloudy chicken broth.

Scientists? Any explanation? (Dumb it down for me a bit please! Thanks!)

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Old 05-24-2007, 12:44 PM   #2
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Not sure but here's a guess.

When making consumme, you clarify the stock with ground meat and/or egg white. Perhaps the added protein precipitates the suspended particles that are making the stock cloudy, and causes them to sink to the bottom of the pot.

...or, for the Alix version, the chicken gobbles up all the little cloudies and poops them on the bottom of the pot.
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Not sure but here's a guess.

When making consumme, you clarify the stock with ground meat and/or egg white. Perhaps the added protein precipitates the suspended particles that are making the stock cloudy, and causes them to sink to the bottom of the pot.

...or, for the Alix version, the chicken gobbles up all the little cloudies and poops them on the bottom of the pot.
Umm, that was just not the picture that I wanted at lunch time!!
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:47 PM   #4
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Consider it a dietary aid.
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Me either, considering I'm eating a bowl of said soup right now!

Andy, go check your karma.
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Thanks.

BTW, it's always wise to leave a little soup in the bottom of the bowl.
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:49 PM   #7
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Especially if it has protein "poopies" in it.
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Andy is right, I think .... at least the first part of his post.

I think the raw protein attracts the other stuff, like a raft.
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:55 PM   #9
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I no longer feel guilty about pitching that stuff!!!
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OK, you know how sometimes you put on a pot of stock and then forget it and it boils itself cloudy before you remember it? Well I did that a while ago, and today I decided to add stuff to it. I added a diced raw chicken breast and some veggies. So, now, the broth is clear not cloudy. What happened there? This isn't the first time I've noticed that this happens when I add raw chicken to cloudy chicken broth.

Scientists? Any explanation? (Dumb it down for me a bit please! Thanks!)
Did you reheat the overboiled stock and then add ingredients? Not sure of the question. First I would take a look at the stock - was there any fat in the stock? Over boiled liquid/stock can develop a scum on the top i.e. cloudy or the liquid reduced possibly making it thicker & cloudy. I would watch the pot, and go from there. Adding raw chicken - has the fat & skin been trimmed/removed?
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