Jane Brody’s Chicken Stock

From Jane Brody’s Good Food Book:

Jane Brody’s Chicken Stock

2 pounds (approximately) chicken scraps
Cold water to cover (at least 2 quarts)
1 large onion, peeled and stuck with 3-4 cloves
1 large clove garlic, peeled
1 to 2 ribs celery, halved crosswise
1 to 2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 bay leaf
2 or more sprigs parsley OR 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 tsp tarragon
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp dillweed
Salt to taste (optional)
12 peppercorns OR 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Place all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat, partially cover the pot, and simmer the stock for at least 1 hour. The longer the stock cooks, the richer it will become; but don’t cook it so long that that broth boils away.

If time permits, let the stock cool before pouring it through a fine strainer or sieve into a fat-skimming measuring cup, a bowl, or other suitable container. Press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. ( I always use cheesecloth to strain the soup, too!)

If using the fat skimmer, decant the fat-free broth into containers for storage; otherwise refrigerate the broth until the fat hardens on the broth’s surface for easy removal. (Depending on the amount of gelatinous protein in the chicken scraps, the broth may gel at refrigerator temperatures.)

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I usually refrigerate the stock overnight and remove the fat the next day. Then I add the veggies (carrots, celery and onion usually), and add a teaspoon or two of many different spices: oregano, basil, dillweed, marjoram, sage, thyme, and lots of pepper. I try to watch my salt, when I do cook at home, so I really don’t add very much, if at all. If I get enough other herbs in there, I really don’t miss it! I know I made this once for my church’s Lenten soup suppers and it disappeared quickly.

Anyways, I cook the veggies until tender, throw in 2 cups of cooked chicken, make a cup or so of noodles (dry) and then add those, too. I usually cook the noodles separately.

We sometimes have a whole chicken for supper. Immediately after supper, I cut the chicken from the bones and put all the scraps in my stock pot. I strain the soup and put it in the fridge before I go to bed. If I don’t make the stock right away, it just doesn’t happen!

Oh man, I have chicken scraps in the freezer, too.  I’m getting hungry for chicken soup, too.  Plus it’s nice to have broth in the freezer, too. The weather is cooling off a bit, now that it’s September, so I’m getting hungry for soup!

Reprocessing the peach butter

 

peach butter simmering on the stove

We made some peach butter the other day with honey and vanilla, but realized after we had sealed the jars, that it was too runny, so we opened up the jars, dumped the contents into a Dutch oven, washed the jars, got new lids and the peach butter is cooking down some more. I haven’t made fruit butters as an adult and barely remember my dad making apple butter once, when I was a kid. We did have some that we didn’t process in jars and Sarah cooked that down some more and after chilling in the fridge seems to be the proper consistency. So, now we wait. Once we put the peach butter in jars again, and the water is boiling, they only have to process for 5 minutes, so that part won’t take long. I should go toast an English muffin and try the stuff that’s in the fridge!

Hot in the Twin Cities

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Spent all day in air-conditioned comfort talking about church webpages. We discussed thinking from the point of view of the user, more than the designer and things like that. It was fascinating and the day flew by! Had breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria and both were delicious! Eggs and toast for breakfast and stuffed chicken with risotto and veggies for lunch. For supper we went to Chipotle Grill in downtown Minneapolis, plus we also visited the Stone Arch Bridge. Now, we are in the un-air-conditioned discomfort of a dorm room after a hot summer day! It’s way cheaper than a hotel room, though. We also got to see the TCF Bank Field where the University of Minnesota Gopher’s play football the Humphrey MetroDome, where the Vikings play!

Soon time for bed. Too hot to stay up! Could rain tonight. We saw clouds gathering in the evening and we are under a thunderstorm watch! I think I just heard it thunder.

Rain!

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It rained today! It rained for maybe 45 minutes the first time and then later it was a shorter time, but downpoured! I’m sure all the plants are happy! Also, we had enough time to do VBS games outside between rainfalls. I’m very thankful for rain.

Ravellenic Games

Ravellenic Games

Can’t wait until the end of the month to start a dishcloth for the Ravellenic games. It’s a pattern that has intrigued me for a long time, so I’m finally going to make it. It’s the double lattice cloth from I can’t wait

Ravellenic Games

Can’t wait until the end of the month to start a dishcloth for the Ravellenic games. It’s a pattern that has intrigued me for a long time, so I’m finally going to make it. It’s the double lattice cloth from smariek. I can’t wait!  It’s part of a big knitting/crocheting/spinning event to correspond with the Big Games in London, at the end of July. http://www.ravelry.com

Hot Weather

Thankfully, we had a nice rain this morning!  Then it got up to 93 this afternoon, before it started cooling off a little.  Right now it’s about 80 degrees with a dew point of 72. http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/obhistory/KSBM.html  So thankful for air conditioning.  You can’t imagine!  Sure hope they get the power fixed out east, where it’s hot and no one has air conditioning or even a fan!  Ugh.

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Zinnias, getting bigger!  Taken this morning after the rain was finished!

It’s hot in Sheboygan today.

It's hot in Sheboygan today.

At 1:30pm, I took pictures of my kitchen thermometer and my bathroom thermometer, to document the temperature. The kitchen thermometer has a remote wireless sensor out on the north side of the garage and has been in the shade most of the day. The bathroom thermometer has a sensor that just goes out the window, also on the north side of the house.

At forecast.weather.gov, it says the temp now is 94 and the dew point is 73, with a heat index of 102. Yikes.

I’m very happy to be in my air conditioned house.

It's hot in Sheboygan today.

At 1:30pm, I took pictures of my kitchen thermometer and my bathroom thermometer, to document the temperature. The kitchen thermometer has a remote wireless sensor out on the north side of the garage and has been in the shade most of the day. The bathroom thermometer has a sensor that just goes out the window, also on the north side of the house.

At forecast.weather.gov, it says the temp now is 94 and the dew point is 73, with a heat index of 102. Yikes.

I’m very happy to be in my air conditioned house.

2012 Dishcloths from April to June

Had fun knitting all these cloths. We get such varied designs!

Dishcloths from Jan through March 2012

I belong to Monthly Dishcloth KAL group on Yahoo.  We do two dishcloths a month.  I’ve been remiss about posting pictures. These are the first 6 dishcloths of the year!  Plus I knit a few others, too.  Will post pictures of those soon. I like doing dishcloths, because they are short projects!

A Walk at Maywood

My blog is going to continue on here. In the interest of saving some money, I’m not renewing my webhosting this year. Also, I really wasn’t working on it at all, either. Seemed like a painless way to save some money.

Sarah and I went for a walk at Maywood the other day! It was so fun! Just nice to be out in nature for a while!

Forest Path at Maywood
Forest Path at Maywood
Crayfish in the Pigeon River
Crayfish in the Pigeon River
Gaillardia in the Hummingbird Garden
Gaillardia in the Hummingbird Garden