As I mentioned before, the great thing about cooking your own chicken is that you can also make homemade chicken broth very easily. After you have cooked your chicken in the crock pot, please save the bones, the juices in the crock pot, and any skin you didn't use. This, my friends, is what you will use to make homemade chicken broth. It's as simple as throwing everything into the crock pot and turning it on. In 8 hours you will have a delicious homemade chicken broth perfect for soups!
Juices from cooking the chicken
Any leftover Chicken Skin
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, quartered
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 Tbs dried Parsley, or 2 Tbs fresh
1 Tbs dried Thyme, or 4-5 sprigs fresh
5 cups water
Add all ingredients into the crock pot, adding more water if necessary to cover everything. Set on low and cook for 8 hours or cook for 4 hours on high. I typically make the chicken during the day, and then make the broth overnight.
After 8 hours, your house will smell like a Boston Market and you will have homemade chicken broth with NO PRESERVATIVES OR INGREDIENTS YOU CAN'T PRONOUNCE!! :-D
Strain the broth into a container, and place in the fridge to chill.
When the broth has completely cooled the fat will have risen to the top and hardened enough to easily skim off.
After skimming the fat off, I usually pour my broth into yogurt/cheese containers or bags to keep in the fridge for a couple of days or freeze for up to 6 months.
Enjoy making wonderful soups with homemade broth!!