Are broth and stock the same thing? Although the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two liquids. Both are used to make recipes such as soups, sauces, and gravies. The key difference between broth and stock is the use of meat or bones, the type of seasonings added, and the cooking time.
Making your own chicken broth is a great strategy to reduce food waste, stretch your food dollars, and control the amount of sodium.
How to Slow Cook Homemade Chicken Broth
Learning to make your own chicken broth is a great strategy to reduce food waste and stretch your food dollars! Due to its versatility as a base for soups, gravies, and sauces; broth is a pantry staple for many homes. Broth can also be used as a substitution for water in recipes such as rice, pasta, and risotto as a cost-efficient way to increase flavor in the dish. Additionally, making your own broth is an excellent way to control the amount of sodium that is often found in store-bought options.
Homemade broth is simple and only requires the following ingredients:
- One whole chicken, skin and fat removed
- 1- 2 Cups of Vegetable Scraps, Chopped
- Choice of herbs and seasonings
- Select a slow cooker large enough to fit the chicken
- Place chicken in slow cooker
- Add vegetables
- Add 1 -2 Tablespoons of your choice of herbs and seasonings
- Add water until the slow cookers is two-thirds full
- Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 6 hours. The chicken is done when the internal temperature of the chicken is 165° F as measured with a food thermometer.
- Separate the chicken from the broth by lifting the chicken and bones onto a large plate or bowl. Let chicken cool enough to touch in the refrigerator. Shred the meat with a fork and store in airtight containers. This chicken can be used in salads, sandwiches, or other recipes.
- Strain the broth by pouring into a colander over a large bowl. Dispose of the vegetables.
- Divide the broth into 1 cup containers, cover tightly, and refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, scoop off and dispose of fat that has settled on top of broth.
- Label the containers of broth with the date. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Looking for ways to reduce food waste at home? Save leftover scraps from vegetables to flavor your homemade broth or stock. Roughly chop leftover or lackluster vegetables into small chunks and store in the freezer in an airtight container. Continue to add scraps to the bag until it is full or you are ready to make your homemade stock or broth!