Sunday, November 28, 2010

a flu season must have :)

Here's a great natural immune boosting recipe for broth for soup, an ingredient to other meals, or just to drink!

Free-Range Organic Chicken Stock:
by Sally Fallon author of Nourishing Traditions
1 whole free-range chicken or 2 to 3 pounds of bony chicken parts such as necks, backs, breastbones and wings
gizzards from one chicken (optional)
2-4 chicken feet (optional)
4 quarts cold filtered water
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1 bunch parsley
*Note: Farm-raised, free-range chickens give the best results. 
Many battery-raised chickens will not produce stock that gels.
If you are using a whole chicken, cut off the wings and remove the neck, fat glands and the gizzards from the cavity. 
Cut chicken parts into several pieces. 
(If you are using a whole chicken, remove the neck and wings and cut them into several pieces.) 
Place chicken or chicken pieces in a large stainless steel pot with water, vinegar and all vegetables except parsley. 
Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bring to a boil, and remove scum that rises to the top. 
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 6 to 8 hours. 
The longer you cook the stock, the richer and more flavorful it will be. 
About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add parsley. This will impart additional mineral ions to the broth.
Remove whole chicken or pieces with a slotted spoon. 
If you are using a whole chicken, let cool and remove chicken meat from the carcass. 
Reserve for other uses, such as chicken salads, enchiladas, sandwiches or curries. 
Strain the stock into a large bowl and reserve in your refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and congeals. 
Skim off this fat and reserve the stock in covered containers in your refrigerator or freezer.

Here's a link to Nourishing Traditions where this recipe is from, This is one of my favorite food/cookbooks! It's packed with great information and wonderful recipes! Yay for real food!: nourishing traditions

And here's some Real Food thoughts from a post a while back...
brannonpeople: food for thought... literally
Enjoy! Cj


Brooke Johnson said...

Yum!!! For some reason when I read the title of the post all I could think of was throat coat :)

Jessica said...

Thanks for sharing...another thing I just learned about that is a must have is orangic unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Seriously a must.

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