Primary Chicken Stock

Primary Chicken Stock
Yields 4
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Ingredients
  1. 4 - 5 lb. soup chicken or the necks, wings, and backs from roasters or fryers
  2. 2 medium, unpeeled organic onions
  3. 3 ribs of organic celery, washed and cut in 1" pieces
  4. 3 or 4 sprigs of parsley (a small handful)
  5. 1 medium organic leek, just the white part, split open and well washed
  6. 1 medium parsnip, scrubbed and cut in 1" pieces
  7. 2 medium organic carrots, scrubbed and cut in 1" pieces
  8. 2 bay leaves
  9. 3 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
  10. 1 1/2 t. sea salt
  11. 6 - 8 whole, black peppercorns
  12. Large pinch of each: dried rosemary, thyme, sweet basil, sage, and savory, or about 1 T. of each chopped fresh herb
  13. Large pinch of celery seed
  14. 1 - 2 T. cider vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Rinse the chicken, leaving on the skin, but remove any big lumps of fat. Place chicken in 8 qt. pot with all the vegetables. In an unbleached coffee filter or a tea infuser cage, place the dried herbs and secure tightly with string. If using fresh herbs, hold off until instructed later. Pour over the water and vinegar or lemon juice.
  2. Bring liquid to a gentle simmer over medium heat, uncovered. Skim top if necessary (will keep the stock clearer). Simmer for 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Stir occasionally and add water as needed to keep total volume around 1/2 of pot (4 qts.). If you are using fresh herbs, add after about 1 1/2 - 2 hours of cooking time.
  3. Remove the stock from heat and strain into a clean container (I use a smaller soup pot). Press well on the vegetables and discard. Do not press on the fresh herb bundle, however. They can suddenly become bitter. Their flavors have all been added to the stock and will not enhance any secondary dish. Bone the chicken but DO NOT put the meat back in the stock unless you are continuing on to the finished use for this stock immediately. Boned chicken can be used in other recipes (think Chicken Pot Pie or Chicken Salad) or added back at the end of a chicken soup recipe. It is already very well cooked and should not be subject to more heat in a soup recipe - add at the end.
  4. Stock should be chilled and defatted before continuing. Freeze defatted stock for up to 6 months. Will save under refrigeration for 2 - 3 days. Do not attempt to can, as home canning methods are not safe for non-acidified foods. The small amount of vinegar in this soup is not sufficient to be considered for canning.
  5. You may concentrate this stock by up to 1/2 by simmering the strained stock down before defatting and storage. Remember to reconstitute when using for cooking.
Notes
  1. You may wonder if it really is necessary to include the parsnip and leek. These two "secret" ingredients add a complete flavor to the stock. No, you don't HAVE to use them, but you'll be pleased at how they enhance the quality of the stock if you do.
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