Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chicken Broth from America's Test Kitchen

I got a neat magazine for Christmas which was filled with recipes and product tests.  It was super cool to read through and see all of the things that I had seen on the television program.

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!!!


  1. Not only is it cheap and flavorful but it's SO good for you! All of the nutrients from the meat and the veggies - that's something store bought just won't compare with. We're mostly vegetarian in our house so we love making our own broths like this to get those supplemental nutrients. Thanks for sharing on Homemade Mondays.

    1. I am so glad that I started making my own broths because they are so much better than the store bought but I was working on a different method without much luck of change. I like my first method better :)


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