Help me actually achieve a good chicken stock
March 14, 2014 3:48 PM Subscribe
How can I actually make a good soup/general use stock? I feel like I've tried a whole bunch of different recipes and none have ever been better than Swanson's from a box. Seriously I've made it 15+ different times, both chicken and veal. I'm pretty handy in the kitchen and can do most everything else, but not this, help me!
posted by Carillon to Food & Drink (38 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
In part inspired by this question
, I finally decided to ask something that i've been meaning to for a long time. I've tried a number of different recipes, from Ruhlman's veal stock a couple of times to my mom's chicken stock to a number of random ones collected from the internet. It's only ever tasted watery, and never as good as say the stuff that I can buy from Swanson's.
A number of chef writers I love and respect come down pretty hard on store bought, and I get it, certainly there's some bad broth out there. That being said they always talk about how easy it is to make your own and how much better it tastes etc. Well this has never happened to me. I've roasted and not roasted, added a whole bunch of different aromatics etc. What are your tried and true recipes? I apparently am remedial here and would love to actually fix it.
I'm mainly interested in chicken, but am definitely not opposed to help on the veal side either