Brown Chicken Stock
• 2 Kg Chicken parts except liver
• 2 Large Onions, coarsely chopped
• 2 Medium Carrots, peeled, trimmed, coarsely chopped
• 2 Large Celery, stalks, with leaves, trimmed, coarsely chopped
• 2 Garlic, cloves, crushed
• 2 Thyme, sprigs or a pinch of dried thyme
• 1 Bay leaf
• 6 Peppercorns
• salt to taste
• a bunch of Parsley, stems
1. Preheat your oven to 450 F.
2. Roast the chicken bones in a roasting pan in the oven for 30 minutes, then add the vegetables and roast for 15 minutes more. Transfer everything to a stockpot.
3. Deglaze the roasting pan with a little water, scraping up the little browned bits, and add them to the stockpot.
4. Add cold water to cover by about 2 inches and slowly bring to a boil, skimming all of the froth from the surface as it forms.
5. Lower the heat and add all of the remaining ingredients except the peppercorns.
6. Simmer, uncovered, for 3 hours. Add water as needed to cover the ingredients and skim when necessary.
7. Add peppercorns for the last fifteen minutes of the simmering process.
8. Strain the “soup” into a large bowl through a colander lined with a double layer of dampened cheesecloth. Gently press the solids to extract all of the liquid possible.
9. Discard the solids and cool the liquid to room temperature.
10. Refrigerate until chilled and lift off the solid fat that forms at the surface. Discard the fats.
11. Pour the stock into containers for storage, label and date.
Stock keeps for about 3 days in the refrigerator, and up to six months in the freezer.