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Old 09-05-2007, 04:53 PM   #1
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Skimming Simmering Chicken Soup

I am going to be making a batch of chicken soup. My bubbe (grandmother) always insisted on skimming the scummy foam that rises from the cooking chicken as it starts to simmer. No real explanation; it's just always the way she does it.

I find it a completely onerous task, but do it anyways. My question: does it really matter? I think I recall something about it keeping the broth clear or something, but I also strain the broth after cooking and refrigerate overnight to solidify and remove the fat.

Anyone want to weigh in on this?


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Old 09-05-2007, 05:00 PM   #2
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Yes, you should skim it and simmer it gently, otherwise the scum (impurities and proteins) gets emulsified into the broth. Once emulsified, it cannot be strained out. Besides making the broth look sort of greyish and unappetizing it also can make the broth taste funny.

Also, gentle simmering keeps the fat from being emulsified into the broth. Like the impurities, once that happens it is very hard to remove.

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Old 09-05-2007, 05:07 PM   #3
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Yes, I skim also. It most definitely helps to keep the broth clear and is basically just scum and impurities that float to the surface. Something you don't want in your finished product but certainly wouldn't hurt you.

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Old 09-05-2007, 05:11 PM   #4
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Skimming is one of the reasons bubbe's chicken soup was so good.
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:39 PM   #5
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Another skimmer here, muzzlet. Even though it's a tedious task, it's well worth it when you taste and see the finished product. I put the skimmed "scum" into a bowl and give it to my kitties as a treat. They think they're getting a gourmet treat.
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:18 PM   #6
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I also skim
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:20 PM   #7
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Yes, to all of the above. Skim.
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:55 PM   #8
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I have made thousands of gallons of soup in my career as a professional cook/ Chef/
restaurant owner and I have all ways skimmed the stock/broth/soup it give you a better looking soup and you do not want those nasty's in your soup. Do like Kate give the skimmings to your cat or your neighbors cat if none available go get one from the pound
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:22 AM   #9
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I guess the consensus is clear (as is the broth!). I sort of figured this would be the answer, but I was just hoping for a way out!! I never thought of giving it to the cat; she thanks you all!!
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:38 AM   #10
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No easy way to great chicken soup, Muzz... besides, your Bubbe would come back and slap you if you cut that corner!! I know mine would (and also if I ever called her "Bubbe!" She insisted she was American and only wanted to be called "Grandma.")

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