Chicken Pox and Chicken Stock

23 Apr

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Our house is riddled!

We have the pox (of the chicken kind).

We are not going anywhere this week. Liv is covered from the top of her head to her ankles and she is not a happy bunny. The Bo just has a few spots and seems fine,  but still he cannot leave the house.

So we must find ways to entertain ourselves.

Mrs H sweetly bought over a poorly pack for them yesterday which included a movie, popcorn and other treats which kept them happy for a couple of hours. The bath has been another source of relief. Particularly for Liv.

Today I had a left over Chicken carcass to dispose of.  So I thought,  as I have plenty of time on my hands I may as well have a go at making my own stock.

Using my trusty old Good Housekeeping cookery book I started by following the instructions and then made the rest up as I went along.

This is what I did-

Threw the chicken bones, bits of flesh and skin and anything else into a large saucepan. I then peeled and roughly cut up an onion, a carrot and a stick of celery which all went the same way as the chicken. I added a bay leaf and a bouquet garni (shop bought. Sorry). To this concoction I then poured about 3pts of water.

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I bought it all to the boil,  skimmed off the scummy froth from the top and then (because I am lazy)  threw the whole lot into my slow cooker and put it on high for about four hours.

This gave us time to go out into the garden and plant some tomato and sunflower seeds, which the children really enjoyed. The Bo may even eat what he grows this year (Fat chance!).

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They enjoyed the fresh air and I sure their sore skin did too.

Meanwhile my stock was bubbling away and the house had that wonderfully, comforting aroma of chicken.

After four hours or so I drained the stock though a sieve and into a jug, leaving it to cool completely before removing all the fat from the surface.

I now have a good 3pts of homemade chicken stock in the freezer and all for nothing.

Not bad for a mornings work.

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