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Homemade Chicken Broth ~ Don’t Throw Those Bones Away!

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After I made my Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker with Garlic and Thyme, I cleaned off all the meat and put the bones in a bag until I have time to make stock with it. So instead of throwing those bones away you can give them a second life and make some broth. Here’s what you’ll need.

Chicken bones
celery ( I didn’t have any this time)
Put the bones in a large pot.

Cover with water. Fill the pot up 3/4 full.

Add Onion.



Bring to a boil.

Simmer on low for at least a couple hours. I simmered mine 6 hours.

Remove from heat and let broth cool down a bit. Strain broth. I use a large bowl and place a colander over it and strain it. This will get out the big stuff. You can strain it further with a fine mess strainer or cheese cloth.

You can put the broth/stock in whatever container works for you. I use freezer bags, plastic bowls or mason jars. Measure it in convenient usable portions. That way when you need broth all you have to do is grab the size you need. I also freeze some in ice cube trays. After they freeze you can pop them into a larger container and use as needed.

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9 thoughts on “Homemade Chicken Broth ~ Don’t Throw Those Bones Away!”

  1. Evelyn says:

    Thanks so very much for linking up to Freedom Fridays:) Clever to freeze your fresh chicken broth into ice cubes.
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    1. Diane says:

      Thanks ao much for the instructions on the linky. So much to learn lol!

      1. Evelyn says:

        Your welcome. But beware, it might be the blind leading the blind. I am still in kindergarden in this blogosphere:) Lol

  2. claire says:

    Hi thanks for joining us at welcome to the weekend hop,I also do a creative Monday post where you can likn this post up next week? of now to follow you back 🙂

    1. Diane says:

      I will be there 🙂

  3. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    This excellent tutorial is a great follow up post to your delicious chicken cooked in the slow cooker. Homemade broth is so tasty, and good for you too!

  4. Chris says:

    Just like your recipe for the slow cooker whole chicken, you can make the broth right in the slow cooker. I do it right after I’m done with the chicken.

    After I make a chicken, I take it out of the crock pot, take the meat off of the bones, put the bones back in the crock pot with whatever else I want in it (parsley, onions, carrots, saved bones from the freezer, etc ….) add water to cover everything by a couple inches and turn it on low for another 8 hours or as long as you’d like.

    Works great!

    1. Diane says:

      You are so right the broth is like liquid gold to me. The flavor is great.

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