Making your own soup stock

I love my crock pot. 
I use it at least once a week.  
Lately I have been using it to make soup stock.
It's super easy. 
Here's how.

Take the bones from whatever carcass your family cleaned off the night before.
It could be the turkey your family ate or the carry out whole chicken you picked up.
You can even save those bones in your freezer for another night.

While my parents were out last week I made a turkey, so I had bones leftover.
I put them in the crock pot.  Covered it as far up as it could go with water and added celery, carrots and onions.  Your only using those vegetables for their flavor so you can use the pieces you don't want.  I like to cut the tops off of the celery and add that part because I usually don't use it when I cook.   I've also heard that you could start saving your vegetable castoffs in a bag that you keep in the freezer and use them in your stock when you make it.

I cook the stock all day in the crockpot and by dinner time, it is ready.

To make things go more smoothly for dinner, I cut my vegetables up ahead of time.  I always have celery, carrots and onions on hand so soup is an easy meal for our family.

I forgot to take a picture of the turkey noodle soup I made that night, but here's a photo from last year.
Super easy, super healthy and super cheap!  Three of my favorite things.


justinelorelle said...

I love that you just wrote this because I am literally using my crock pot for the FIRST time today. (It's cooking as I type this!) I don't know why I found that appliance particularly daunting, but I'm determined to use it more this year. (I'm tired when I get home from work -- I should not have to cook then, right?)

I'm adding this to my list of things to try!

~Stop Me if You've Heard This One

Emily said...

I've never made stock before, definitely going to have to try this next time we have a "carcass!"

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