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So last week, I waxed poetic about whole chickens, and I promised another recipe or two with the leftover meat and/or chicken carcass (bones) from the chicken.  Today, I follow through.  :)

Once your family is fed and you’ve picked meat off the bones, you can refrigerate said carcass for a bit (up to a week, covered) and make broth.  It used to be that chicken broth did *not* come in cans or boxes at the grocery store – that everyone made their own.  Do I buy ready-made chicken broth?  Sometimes I do – but it has to be at a deep discount to make it worthwhile for me – like $.40/can or less.  😉

Pick out your biggest stock pot (I use a 6 qt. one) and put the bones and whatever juices/seasonings might in the pan with the bones from your meal.  Cover the bones with water and add:  1 tomato, halved; 1/2 onion; 3-5 celery tops (the leafy part of celery – i chop mine off and freeze them); 2 carrots, washed and broken in half; dill seasoning (about 1 T.); 6 peppercorns (whole); and a pinch of salt.  Put the lid on and bring to a boil on high.

Once the broth is at a rolling boil, reduce the heat to medium-low.  Allow all of this to simmer until a few things happen:  you want the bones to release the marrow in to the broth (the broth will get a little milky in colour when this happens), and the carrots should be able to be cut in pieces with the side of a silicone spatula without much effort.  When that happens, your broth is ready to cool and strain.

Once you’ve strained the broth, you can season it a bit (mine often needs some sea salt and/or a bouillion cube or two) and either freeze it or use it right away.

If you want a good, hearty soup that your family will rave about, try this one:

Chicken Tortilla Soup

chicken broth from your Rubber Chicken
meat from your Rubber Chicken (white or dark meat – either/both is fine)
2 cans of Ro-Tel tomatoes (or tomatoes with green chiles)
2 cans of corn, drained (or 1 bag of frozen corn)
2 cans of black beans, rinsed & drained

Put all of these things together in a stock pot and allow to simmer for 2-4 hours on low.

If desired, you can add in a block of cream cheese (allow it to melt & combine) at the end of the cooking time.

Serve with cheese, tortilla chips, and sour cream for garnish.

Enjoy!  :)

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