Chicken Stock

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RIDEANDSLIDEFOOD
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Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 8:28 AM
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Hey All

Boiled a chicken thinking i was going to make some soup, but my taste changed midway. Now i have a nice Qt. of chicken stock. Can i freeze it for future use?

Thanks for any help

Jim

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RE: Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 9:14 AM
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Absolutely! I used to keep home stock in the freezer in various (cup to quart) sizes for when I needed it, but I rarely have the time any longer. Strain it and de-grease it if you haven't already, then put it in usable sized containers and it'll keep in top form for 3 months, anyway.

Might be a nice base for Thanksgiving giblet gravy???

Anyone else have more experience with freezing stock?

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RE: Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 9:27 AM
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Reduce it to where it is almost a syrup and then freeze it in ice trays...repackage in zips and user just a few at a time for sauces.

Ashphalt
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RE: Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 9:50 AM
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Originally posted by V960

Reduce it to where it is almost a syrup and then freeze it in ice trays...repackage in zips and user just a few at a time for sauces.


I'd forgotten that one, it's great. I need to get back to more stewing.

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RE: Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 12:59 PM
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I make alot of chicken salad in the summer. I crock pot the chicken and save the stock. First thing I do is put it in a container. Once cooled to room temp I'll stick it in the fridge for a few hours. This step gels the fat on top. Scrape off the fat then toss the clean stock in the freezer. Works great and been doing it for years.

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RE: Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 1:12 PM
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this is where my obsession with my foodsaver vacuum sealer is revealed - freeze in various size containers/cubes, then run hot water underneath the container to pop out the frozen stock, bag it in foodsaver bags, and vacuum seal it...it will stay fresh for at least a year! (i dined yesterday on pasta with bolognese sauce i made and froze last november - it tasted like i had just made it...)

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RE: Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 1:12 PM
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Thank you all for your replies. Will hit the freezer tonight.

Thanks Jim

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RE: Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 2:03 PM
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I got a popsicle molds for just this purpose
The Childrens just love a chicken or veal stock popsicle
after a fun day in the playground

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RE: Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 2:13 PM
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Darn!

And I thought I was going to strike it rich with MeatSicle! (tm) The new taste treat! See, first you take molds in the shape of critters...

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RE: Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 2:15 PM
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I share Sneetch's obsession. One caveat: if you freeze things that may have points when solid, try to smooth them out somehow first. If you don't you may get punctures that aren't immediately apparent but which will allow air to enter as time passes.

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RE: Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 3:53 PM
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Somehow chicken stock improves almost everything.

Paul E. Smith
knoxville, TN

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RE: Chicken Stock - Fri, 09/29/06 4:23 PM
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Of course you can freeze it! In small or large quanties, depends on how much you plan to use at one time. I like to freeze it in QT. Zip-Lock bags, place it flat in the freezer and thaw out in the sink or the micro when I need it. Nothing better than fresh chicken stock!