To make our comforting homemade chicken broth we will need some chicken carcasses or skeletons. You can find them without difficulty in any poultry shop or supermarket. For the broth to have more flavor and color, I recommend you toast the bones before boiling them.
My mother always fried them a bit in a pan, but I I recommend toasting them on the baking sheet, because that way we do not incorporate any fat. Another trick is to add some chicken wings, which barely have meat and are very cheap but provide a lot of flavor and collagen, which will give Body to our broth. Once all this is toasted in the oven, we transfer it to a large saucepan or kettle and put it to cook with 3 liters of water.
When it has been cooking for 45 minutes, crush the bones with a spoon and add the indicated vegetables, letting everything cook for another 45 minutes. The vegetables will refresh the broth and add extra flavor.
How to improve our homemade chicken broth
Once cooked, strain the broth to remove the bones and return the broth to cook to concentrate the flavor and reduce a little. Another 15 minutes over high heat will be enough for the flavors to concentrate and a little liquid to evaporate.
On the surface of the saucepan, there will be a light layer of fat that we can remove in a very simple way: put the broth when it has cooled in jars and put them in the fridge for a couple of hours. Thus, the fat will remain on the top and we can remove it easily because it will solidify as if it were butter.
When we have removed the solid part of the upper part, our broth will be ready to consume or to freeze. I recommend you always have a couple of jars of this broth in the freezer because it comes in handy to make a consommé or soup when cold days come and because it is an excellent base for stews and rice dishes as we have already told you.
If you look at the following image, you can see that when you take it out of the bottle and put it in a saucepan, the broth looks like a jelly due to the collagen it has, which makes it a full-bodied broth, with an intense flavor and without any fat. Obviously, as soon as it is heated, it is like a normal and ordinary broth, liquid, golden and appetizing.
How can you use homemade chicken broth
The comforting homemade chicken broth It is excellent for preparing many dishes, such as a good consommé or a Christmas stock, a noodle soup, adding boiled egg and optionally a cooked and chopped chicken breast. It is also great to use in many rice recipes or in stews and stews such as chicken stewed with hazelnut sauce among many others. You will see how many uses you are going to give to this great broth, defatted and concentrated.