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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