Chicken Stock is an easy thing to make in the crockpot. It takes time to make, but the actual time with my own hands is minimal. It definitely takes planning ahead time to make stock, but it is so good if I can use this rather than a can of chicken stock. With my own stock, I can also watch the sodium level. Plus, freezing the leftovers is awesome for later use!
I cut veggies, place all ingredients in crockpot, & then I go on with my life while the crockpot does all the work!!! When finished, I strain the ingredients into another vessel & add salt. Next, I place the stock in the refrigerator while, again, the refrigerator does all the work. Then I either use the stock or put it in the freezer or in the refrigerator to use within a week. I usually just throw it in the freezer because “mommy brain” is a REAL thing & I hate wasting! “Keeping it simple” is my life mantra!
- 4-5lb whole chicken
- 2 onions, large dice
- 3 carrots, large dice
- 4 stalks celery, large dice
- 4 bay leaves
- 2 T whole peppercorns
- 10 parsley stems
- 10 sprigs of thyme
- 1 T salt
- Add all ingredients except chicken to the crockpot. Place chicken on top of the other ingredients.
- Add water until crockpot is about ¾ full or about 2 quarts of water.
- Place lid on crockpot.
- Cook on low for 10 hours.
- Let stock cool for about 30 minutes in crockpot. Add salt to taste. Strain ingredients out of the stock. Press ingredients completely against the strainer to get the most chicken stock out of it. Discard the ingredients in the trash.
- Refrigerate stock until completely chilled. Skim the fat off the top.
KITCHEN TIPS ♡
♡ If not using all the stock at once, I freeze it. I have 4oz plastic containers that I freeze it in. They are stackable & distinguishable in the freezer. Plus, it is easy to defrost for future use.
♡ Any herbs or vegetables that are on hand can be used in the stock. I have used garlic, parsnips, turnips, fennel, mushrooms, etc. I like to play around with the flavor!!!
♡ Using cheesecloth & twine for a sachet will make for easier cleanup, but not necessary.