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Chicken Stock

Chicken stock is an absolute kitchen essential. Not only is it the base for so many good soups and sauces, but it's a healthful drink all on it's own, a nutrient packed sip of structured hydration.

Miss Dot's Chicken Stock in mason jars

Making a homemade chicken stock is largely a passive activity, something you can set on the stove and forget about, that is until the delicious smell of it starts to fill your entire house. Here's what you need:

The ingredients for Miss Dot's Chicken Stock

Chicken - If you want the best for yourself, you have to support the best for the chicken. A free range bird that's been allowed to forage in its natural environment will be the most nutritious.

Aromatics - The rest of your stock ingredients are all those lovely, famous, time-honored aromatics that make everything good: onion, celery, carrot, smashed garlic cloves, salt and a pinch of whole peppercorns.

Miss Dot's secret - A dash of vinegar late in the cooking process helps the bones release more of the minerals that make the stuff so healthful!

Miss Dot's Chicken Stock bubbling along.

complete instructions below


Miss Dot's Chicken Stock on a plate.

Chicken Stock

Yield: 1 gallon

Prep: 5 min

Cook: 0 min

Ready: 5 min

  • 1 whole chicken

  • 3 large carrots

  • 2 ribs celery

  • 1 onion

  • 4-5 cloves garlic, smashed

  • pinch of whole peppercorns

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 2 tsp white vinegar

  1. Place the whole bird in a large stockpot

  2. Chop the carrots, celery and onion in half. Add to the stockpot along with the garlic and peppercorns.

  3. Bring the mixture heat. It should not ever boil, nor simmer. It should be hot and release a single bubble every 10-20 seconds. Cook this way for 6 hours.

  4. Add your salt and vinegar and cook another 2 hours.






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