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Old 04-27-2011, 09:40 PM   #41
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I like your unique additions MsM, like the parsley stems (where most of the flavor lives), and the leek tops. Geeze, now all of you have inspired me to make some stock again. It's also very interesting about the vinegar trick.
The acid in the vinegar leaches out more of the collagen from the bone marrow. Another trick is to break all of the bones, again to make extracting the nutrients easier.

It's the dissolved collagen from connecting tissue and cartilage that makes that wonderful gel, or viscosity in the hot broth. The acids also dissolve calcium from the bone into the broth or stock, again making it more nutritious.

If you don't want to add vinegar, mildly acidic veggies such as celery and onions will also do the same thing. They will take a little more time to do it though.

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Old 04-28-2011, 02:58 AM   #42
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Add these beefy, they save time as they don't have nails to trim.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:23 AM   #43
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I just use the chicken itself to make the broth, bone in skin on, along with whatever vegetables I'm using, water, and salt. You can also use bullion instead of the salt.

When the chicken is cooked (about an hour), remove it, cool it and strip and cut it up and add back to the soup when the vegetables are all done..
I do the same thing here and I always have a very nice soup.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:45 PM   #44
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What a good idea, Bolas. I usually get them on my chicken leg quarters that I buy by the 10# bag. I've been cutting them off and throwing away when prepping for freezing. I'll save them for my first stock/broth next time. Thanks for the idea!
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:30 AM   #45
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Ziz they add great smaltz, my favorite way with a large turkey toches is to brine them then smoke them in the BBQ long and slow.
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Old 04-30-2011, 05:09 AM   #46
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It is ridiculous that your recipe is asking you to buy broth. Broth is the simplest thing to make. You'd think that would be a good starting point for a recipe to begin?
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:24 AM   #47
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I roast the bones in the oven (6-8 hours at 275) with water added. I sometimes add carrot, celery, onion, and a bay leaf. I strain the stock, degrease it, and then start my soup. I guess I make stock instead of broth <g>. I add the chicken meat about 10 minutes before I serve the soup so the meat isn't all mushy. I also add pickling spice (in a tea ball) to the soup.
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:42 AM   #48
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I forgot to say, back a few pages......one must use fresh dill in chicken soup!.....put in a few sprigs (is that what they're called?), a bit before the soup is finished.....makes for a wonderful taste
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:58 PM   #49
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I got tired of searching the forums--what I was really looking for was "tips around the household" or something like that. I don't make chicken broth often--I make stock. However, the DH roasted a stewing chicken...it was tough, yadda, yadda, yadda. So, I took the bones, a lot with the meat on (did I mention it was tough?) and stuck it all in a pot. What I did with the backbone, neck, and other little bones, howerver, was get as much meat off of them as I could and then put those bones in one of those lingerie mesh bags. This way, I could grab that out of the pot and toss those bones in the garbage (well, in my case, in the freezer to put in the garbage on garbage day). I then could strain the rest and pick out the big bones. I hate picking out the little bones and this mesh-bag technique works for me. I rinse the bag, put in the the dishwasher and then run it through the wash so it is ready to got again.
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:09 AM   #50
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I ended up tossing the lingerie bag, bones and all, in the garbage. It wasn't worth my time to clean it (or empty it). I think this was one of those lingerie bags I got at a yard sale for 10 cents. My time must be worth more than 10 cents! Now that that pot is done, to remove the "long bones" I use tongs. Tomorrow, I will mash the meat through my fingers in case there are any missed bones--I hate bones in my soup. I don't usually have to deal with this because when I make stock, I am dealing with the bones, not bones and meat, and I just strain the bones off and toss them.
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