I really try and make as much stuff as possible at home. Not only do I not want to pay the grocery store price (I'm on a budget here people!) I hate all the added ingredients. I often make roast chicken (it's one of Jordan's absolute favorite meals) so when I do I just stick the carcus and extra meat in a ziplock bag and throw it in the freezer. When i'm running low on my last batch of chicken stock I will make more! It is super easy to make so here we go!
Left over chicken carcus (isn't that such a lovely word?)
Celery - I just used the root and the leaves
Carrots - dice into large chunks
Onions - skin and all cut in 1/2
3 T Salt & Peppercorns
Thow everything into a tall stockpot
Cover with water at least a few inches over the top of everything
Let simmer on the stovetop with the lid off for at least 3 hours
Clean out your fridge & freezer while waiting... this step is optional it's just what I did while I waited :)
Also make a chalkboard wall in your kitchen... it keeps your kids entertained!
Turn off stove and let cool just a little - Sorry no picture of this
Take a large bowl and use a large strainer to get all the big ingredients out of the way
Next I take a smaller strainer and pour the stock through this. If you have some cheesecloth that would be even better... but I was fresh out.
Divide up into individual baggies - I divide mine into 2 cup increments. Mark on the bags the quantity and the date that it was made
Lay flat in your freezer to freeze
Once frozen you can stack these up nicely in the door or lay flat stacked on a shelf in the freezer
Just pull out when needed and let thaw! Enjoy some wonderful homemade chicken stock! My batch made 10 cups of chicken stock!