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Bone Broth Party

92053467_10157228992767076_8816959090023464960_o - CopyAround day 20 of the Covid Quarantine John and I dashed out to get supplies. We were wandering, masked, through the grocery store, eying all the empty shelves.

Then I happened to notice a bunch of cooked chickens in the meat case. They were rotisserie chickens that hadn’t been sold on the day they were cooked, so the store marked the price down for a quick sale.

I quickly I bought six of them. Why not? There was plenty of room in my cart since there was no toilet paper or bleach to be had.

IMG_0684It was time for a marathon bone broth party!

I’ve been making this bone broth for years; not only with day-old rotisserie chickens, but with Thanksgiving turkey bones, and bones of chickens I roast at home. I’ve always called it chicken broth or stock, but I guess bone broth is the new term.

When I got home with my pile of birds I washed my hands thoroughly for 20 seconds. (Long enough to say The Lord’s Prayer, by the way.) Then I pulled out a big bowl and my cast iron frying pan. IMG_0685I put all the bones, skin, fat, and juice into the frying pan, and all the nice pieces of lean chicken into the bowl.

This was actually a two-day project, since I had so many chickens. I made 2 batches of three chickens each.IMG_0687

I put the bones and skin into my big heavy frying pan and roasted it for 30 minutes at 400°.

IMG_0691Meantime I got into my freezer where I had been storing all kinds of carrot tops and peels, celery nubs, and tough broccoli ends. I try not to waste anything, so throughout the weeks I toss the veggie scraps into a big plastic zip-lock bag for the next batch of broth.

While the bones are roasting I bagged up the lean chicken to freeze in resealable vacuum bags.

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When the bones are roasted I transfer them to my instant pot. (Before I had an instant pot I used a big soup pot that worked just fine.)

Add the frozen vegetables scraps, and cover with water to the top line of the instant pot.

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Set the instant pot for 6 hours.

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Strain into a big colander, and throw the used bones away. The bones will be so soft you can mash them with the side of the spoon. But don’t.

IMG_0813Pour the broth from the bowl into a big jar, and let it cool overnight, or until fat hardens on top of broth.

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Skim off the fat and pour the broth into smaller jars to freeze. You will have nice savoury bone broth ready when you need it! IMG_0700


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The Big Picture

(This is a devotional my husband, John, sent to his staff. I thought it would be a good reminder for all of us during these fuzzy times.)

The other day I got up from my chair for a snack, and inexplicably had trouble navigating the microwave. I sat down at my computer and thought there was something wrong with the light. I looked at my watch and knew something was very wrong. It wasn’t til I got back to my chair that I realized I had put on an old pair of glasses with the wrong prescription.

glassesI put on the correct glasses, and immediately, I could see clearly, and everything was normal again.

When we turn on the news, the media amplifies the problems in the world and distorts reality. “What bleeds, leads”.

When we open our bible, the true solution to our every need comes into focus. Jesus is our hope!  Magnify Him and our problems become small and inconsequential. He will set everything right again.

 Let them say continually, The Lord be Magnified”. Psalm 35:27

Let’s keep our hope in Jesus as the lens we choose to walk through the days ahead.