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Monday, August 02 2010

t is well worth to make an effort to learn how to prepare it well, and to have it stored in the refrigerator for everyday use.

When making broth it is necessary to add, tomatoes, parsnips, onion, garlic, parsley, dill, and is also important to let the broth simmer without stirring it, as this may cause the broth to become cloudy. When the broth is done, let it stand at room temperature to cool before straining and defatting.

Ingredients to make a broth: chicken backs and wings, 4 ribs of celery with leaves, 4 carrots with the skins and halved, 2 medium onions, skins left on and halved, 2 parsnips, with peels and halved, one large ripe tomato or 3 plum tomatoes halved, 4 cloves of garlic, lightly bruised, 8 sprigs of flat-leaf parsley, 4 sprigs fresh dill, 2 large branches of fresh thyme, 6 black peppercorns, 4 whole cloves, one bay leaf, 1 tablespoon of coarse salt, 4 quarts of water.

Preparation; Rinse the chicken pieces well, removing any excess of fat. Place the chicken in a large soup pot and add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer gently, partially cover, for about 1 1/2 hours, carefully skimming any foam that rises to the surface.

Adjust the seasonings and cook 30 minutes longer. Remove the pot from the heat, strain the broth, then pour it through a fine sieve once more to clear it. Let cool to room temperature. If the broth is to be used immediately, set it aside for 15 minutes to allow the fat to raise to the surface. Then, degrease the broth completely. If the broth is to be stored in the refrigerator for future use, transfer it to a storage container and refrigerate covered. Remove the hardened layer of fat from the top before using. If you are not using the broth within the next 3 days after preparation you can always freeze it.

Defatting broth is very simple, after broth is done, remove all the solids with a spoon and pour the liquid through a a fine strainer to clear it. Then set aside for 15 minutes to allow the fat to rise, carefully remove the layers of fat with a shallow metal spoon. Chicken broth is the basic and most important ingredient of dishes like chicken soup, mashed potatoes, beans, and some stews.

Add rice, potatoes, carrots, egg, cheese to a chicken soup, and it will become into a warm and hearty meal for you and yours during winter time.

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