How to Make Homemade Chicken or Turkey Stock

How to Make Homemade Chicken or Turkey Stock | Get Inspired Everyday!

How To Make Homemade Chicken or Turkey Stock | Get Inspired Everyday!

There’s nothing like homemade soup made completely from scratch, and it’s not nearly as difficult as you might expect. I usually make it in several steps so that it doesn’t take too much time all at once. You start with a perfectly roasted chicken (or turkey) for dinner, and with whatever is leftover you create your stock. From there all sorts of delicious options open up from soup (of course) to a delectably creamy risotto!

Homemade stock adds a depth of flavor and richness that you just can’t buy. It will make anything you cook with it taste amazing, and if that’s not enough I even have a slow cooker option for you! I do think that stock slowly simmered on the stove has the edge with a slightly better flavor, but I make stock in my slow cooker all the time because it’s just that much easier and it’s hands off!

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As I mentioned, it all begins with a roast chicken or turkey, if you’re making turkey stock you’ll need to multiply everything in the recipe by 3 because the average turkey is 3x bigger than a chicken. I’ve personally never made turkey stock in a crockpot because I’m not sure there’s one big enough out there to hold it, but a leftover roast chicken fits the average crockpot perfectly.

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So… this is what a roast chicken looks like in our house after dinner. If there’s extra meat, it’s best to take it all off and set it aside to add to your soup after the stock has finished. If it’s left to simmer for hours the meat turns out dry and stringy. I also keep any pan drippings and add them to my stock as well for extra flavor.

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For stock you always use what’s called a mirepoix which is 2 parts onion to 1 part carrot and celery. If you get used to that ratio, you’ll never have to measure again when you make stock.

You don’t need to be particular about how you chop up your veggies, just chunk them up and it all turns out the same after several hours of simmering.

How to Make Homemade Chicken or Turkey Stock | Get Inspired Everyday!How to Make Homemade Chicken or Turkey Stock | Get Inspired Everyday!How to Make Homemade Chicken or Turkey Stock | Get Inspired Everyday!

Place the leftover chicken and drippings in the bottom of a large stockpot and top with your chopped onions, carrots, and celery.

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Then you add a couple of bay leaves and water before simmering it into a rich fully flavored stock.

Tip 1: When the stock first comes to a boil, skim off the greyish foam that rises to the top, this helps to keep your stock clear and golden.

Tip 2: It’s important not to boil the stock too long, once it comes to a boil immediately lower the heat to low so that the stock is just simmering. If the stock is boiling at a hard boil it will become cloudy and the flavor isn’t as good.

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Once the stock has simmered for a few hours and is reduced by 1/2, you strain the stock and refrigerate it until it’s thoroughly chilled, (unless you’re making soup immediately). From there you can choose to use it however you’d like or freeze it for a later use.

Just be sure when you’re straining out your stock that you put a bowl under the strainer to catch the stock. This sounds obvious and all but there have been at least 2 times where I’ve been distracted, and I actually poured my chicken stock right down the drain of the sink instead of into a bowl.

Once you have your strained stock, you want to put it into small containers to chill if you’re not using it right away. If you have a large pot of something hot in your refrigerator it takes too long to chill, and can bring up the temperature of everything else in the refrigerator. In the winter months I have a spot where I chill my stock outside so that it doesn’t take up any space in the refrigerator.

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Another fun tip that I use is to freeze chicken stock in ice cube trays, this is perfect for making a quick pan sauce with chopped fresh herbs if you’re sautéing chicken cutlets. And just a little later this week, there will be a recipe for the Homemade Chicken (or Turkey) Soup you see in the above picture!

How to Make Homemade Chicken or Turkey Stock
 
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Serves: 8 cups stock
Ingredients
  • 1 leftover roast chicken, (with all the meat removed) and any leftover drippings
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, 12 ounces
  • 2 cups roughly chopped celery, 6 ounces
  • 2 cups peeled and roughly chopped carrots, 6 ounces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 20 cups or 5 quarts of cold water
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a large stockpot in the order listed.
  2. It's important that the water is cold, if you start with hot water it ruins the clarity and flavor of the stock.
  3. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat. As soon as it comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low. Skim off any greyish foam that rises to the surface during the next 5-10 minutes. Simmer the stock for 3-4 hours or until reduced by about ⅓.
  4. Strain the stock into containers to cool, being careful not to burn yourself.
  5. Use the stock right away or chill completely before freezing for a later use.
Notes
To make turkey stock you'll need to multiply this recipe by 3 because the average turkey is 3x bigger than a chicken. If you don't have a stock pot large enough to handle a turkey, you can also cut the leftover roast turkey in half once you've picked the meat off of it. Then you can use 2 smaller pots to make turkey stock in.


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2 Comments on “How to Make Homemade Chicken or Turkey Stock”

  1. Laura @ Raise Your Garden

    This is such a useful post! Homemade stock is PRICY! The other day, I brought the organic stock and it hit me like a ton of bricks….Laura you just put $20 on stock in your soup. Make your own! It was an easy button day but still. And the flavor and nutrition can’t match making your own. My mom is ALWAYS telling me to make my own. I do. Sometimes =) But I’m going to try your method. Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. God bless your family this season!!

    1. Kari

      Homemade is so much cheaper and better, but even still I don’t always make my own, it just depends on how much I have going on. Putting it all in the crockpot overnight is so easy though that now I almost always have stock around!

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