Use your slow cooker to make an easy chicken broth recipe using leftover chicken bones and vegetables.
One of the best parts of making a whole chicken in the slow cooker is using the carcass to make homemade chicken broth. Most store bought broths contain unnecessary flavor enhancers and other chemicals and a ton of salt. So whenever I make a whole chicken, I take the time to make a batch of chicken broth.
Making the broth is very easy. Place the chicken carcass back in the slow cooker it was cooked in. Add in vegetables like carrots, celery, onion and garlic. I don't peel or chop any veggies except the onions. I've heard that onion skin can make the broth a tad sour so I always skin it.
Fill the slow cooker with water. Feel free to fill it up completely and don't worry about it being too full. Cook the broth for 12-15 hours. The longer it cooks, the better it gets.
Once the broth is finished cooking, allow it to cool so its' safe to strain. I use a mesh strainer but for years I just used a cheap plastic one and it worked fine.
The trick to getting clean and clear broth is to strain it thoroughly. I used to use cheese cloth to strain the broth, but it's expensive and I'd run out and forget to buy more.
In a pinch one day I used a paper towel and it worked perfectly. The paper towel will need to be replaced often. Be careful when removing it so it doesn't break and all the junk gets in the broth.
Slow Cooker Chicken Broth Recipe
- 1 chicken carcass from a whole chicken
- 1-2 whole carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 onion
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- Spices as desired such as thyme or rosemary
- Use the slow cooker that the whole chicken was cooked in. The larger the slow cooker the better so more stock is made.
- Put the chicken carcass and vegetables in the slow cooker. The vegetables do not need to be chopped or peeled except for the onion. Remove the onion skins.
- Fill the slow cooker with water until full. Add spices as desired. I add the salt at the end of the cooking period.
- Cover the slow cooker and set on low. Cook for 12-15 hours.
- When the broth is ready, remove the lid and allow it to cool.
- Set a strainer on top of a bowl and place a paper towel in the strainer.
- Use a soup ladle to ladle the broth into the strainer. The paper towel will need to be replaced several times as the broth is strained.
- Once the broth is strained through the strainer, place in glass canning jars and freeze.
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