I decided that I would try to make the chicken broth the way that they recommended (instead of the way that I normally do). Here was the page that I was following:
After I had double, triple and million times checked, I found the better page just a flip away. Isn't that prettier???
Sadly, I was most of the way done by the time that I turned the page and saw the easier directions with the pictures. Needless to say, mine didn't look like that. I browned the chicken pieces in the bottom of the pot and emptied the grease. I added the leftover celery, leftover carrots, yucky ends of the asparagus, and the end of the onion. I also added the bay leaves, ground black pepper, and a little bit of salt. Doesn't it look pretty??
Then, I added the water and let it simmer per the recipe.
When the timer rang, it didn't look very broth-y so I just left it simmering for 2 hours like I normally do. I hope that it turns out just as flavorful but I do know that the extra time added a lot more color when I strained it and put it in the fridge. As I was simmering, I saw this recipe for vegetable stock from a magazine that I picked up at Giant (my local Stop and Shop grocery store). I had just about followed the directions with the difference in the fact that I browned the chicken at the beginning.
Either way, I ended up with broth which I used for making brown rice and putting one more bag in the freezer. It was a great way to use up leftovers that would have not been used otherwise and getting super flavorful stock to make rice much more flavorful.
I hope that you try this recipe or my normal method using bones of chicken with veggies. They both worked great and simmered up to a great broth. Sad to say that the America's Test Kitchen recipe didn't work out totally great for me but I guess I didn't use enough chicken to add the flavor so quickly. I was still glad that I tried it.
I can't wait to make some more broth soon!!! After many years of not making it, I don't know what I was afraid of because it doesn't take any special tools except a pot on the stove with leftovers and a container to put it in the fridge over night :) I hope that this new year, you resolve to try making broth because you won't regret how flavorful and cheap it is to make!!!
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