While we don’t have a culture of making stock (specifically) in the Caribbean, you’ll easily notice that our soups and stews are indeed packed with stock-making ingredients. We basically create a stock in the process of cooking. So why am I sharing a homemade Chicken Stock to share with you? Demand! There’s been many requests for this recipe over at Instagram.
4-5 lbs chicken
3 stalks celery (rough chop)
1 large onion (quartered)
6-8 sprigs thyme
5 cloves garlic
bunch of parsley (rough chop)
2-4 scallions (rough chop)
12-16 cups water (cool)
10 black peppercorns
2 carrots (rough chopped)
3/4 tablespoon sea salt (optional)
Important: I used chicken carcasses (breast and legs removed) which were on sale, but you can use a whole chicken or chicken parts if you wish. This is a more concentrated stock as I’m using less liquid as I would normally. Add a couple allspice berries for even more flavor. If doing this recipe gluten free please go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary requirements.
In a large pot, place the chicken, celery, carrots, onion and pepper corns.
The add the other ingredients and bring to a boil (med/high heat). I did add salt to my stock as IMHO I think it helps to bring out the flavors of the other ingredients. But to make this sodium free, you can leave out the salt obviously. And the beauty of making your own homemade stock is to control the ingredients, especially the high sodium typically found in the grocery store stuff.
As it comes to a boil, turn the heat down to as low as it will go and simmer. Be sure to periodically skim off any scum/froth/impurities at the top.
An hour and thirty minutes later (go longer for a more concentrated stock) turn off the stove. Allow to cool to make straining easier and safer.
Feel free to use immediately or put into sealed containers in the freezer and simply thaw when you’ve got use for this amazing homemade chicken stock.
The second reason I have for sharing this recipe is because whenever I visit the Caribbean I make a huge batch of this stock, then a just as massive pot of chicken soup (very light) for my sister. She portions it out into freezer friendly containers and she’s got soup for those chilly nights during the rainy season in the Caribbean.