How to Easily Make Chicken Broth

by Emily on July 28, 2017 in Dinner Table, Food

If you haven’t heard this already, homemade broth is a staple you should have in your family’s diet.  Broth is good for your digestive and overall health.  I even had a friend who drank several cups of broth every day for 3 months and got rid of her food intolerances!  If you want to read some technical details on the benefits of broth, here is a great article.

I do not recommend purchasing broth from the store, even if it is labeled “organic” and/or “MSG free”.  This is because MSG is often produced in making broth, even if the manufacturers didn’t add it in.  Homemade is just better!

I almost always use broth when I make soups for our family.  You can also use it in place of water to cook rice or beans, and you can even drink it!  There are many times I have enjoyed a warm mug of broth (maybe more appetizing in the cooler months).  Broth is also great to drink when someone is sick or getting over a tummy bug.

Many people I have talked to are under the impression that broth is hard to make.  It can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.  Some people like to put a bunch of vegetables and seasonings in.  But because I mostly use mine in homemade soups, I don’t feel all the extra work is necessary, and really, I just don’t have the extra time.  So, I will share with you how I make our chicken broth.

  • Get a whole chicken (the best quality you can afford)
  • Place it in a large slow cooker (we use a 6 or 7 quart)
  • Add water to fill the slow cooker
  • Sprinkle in some black pepper and sea salt (we use this kind)
  • Turn the crock pot on low and cook for at least 24 hours, or on high for about 12
  • When it’s done, take out the chicken to de-bone and use for whatever you want
  • Strain out the chicken broth (I put a strainer, similar to this over a large container to strain the broth directly into)
  • Label your container with the contents and the date (I just use masking tape), and store in the fridge for a few days, or in the freezer for longer–you’re done!

I always make sure I have chicken broth on hand.  It’s really so simple to make!  You can even save your bones from the chicken to place in a slow cooker full of water, season again, and then cook for bone broth.  This won’t be as tasty, but it is still full of nutrients and great to cook with!

Emily

Emily and her wonderful husband are raising several future homemakers and one little man. Emily enjoys homemaking, homeschooling, arts & crafts, cross-stitching, reading, sewing, and playing piano, just to name a few. She is interested in healing the body through the food God has given us, along with other God-given means such as herbs and essential oils. You can find her blogging about all things homemaking at Blessed Homemaking. Emily also has a God-given gift for art and sometimes posts her creations at Emily's Fine Art.

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