Homemade chicken and beef stock

In last months recipe for Chicken Chowder, I mentioned that you could make your own stock. This post is going to tell you just how and why you might want to do that.

Homemade Beef StockIt is possible to just buy stock cubes in the supermarket though its difficult to find any that don’t contain added sugar. Why stock cubes need to have sugar added to them is another story!? Despite the added sugar, the amount of carbs per 100ml is generally very low and making your own soups etc with shop bought stock is obviously much preferable to buying ready made soups.

However, when I tried making stock recently and realised just how easy it is and when I read about the amazing health benefits of homemade stock, I thought it well worth the effort. It is fantastic for people with arthritis, skin issues, problems with bones, inflammation in the gut and more. See more on the benefits of homemade stock and bone broth here. Bone broth is similar to stock except that it is usually simmered for 24 hours whereas it takes about 4 hours for stock.

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Chilli Con Carne

Chilli Con Carne is a real favourite in our house. It’s also an easy recipe to make and one where you can easily double the ingredients and make enough for the following day as well. If you don’t like hot food, just go easy with the chillies or leave them out. With the red kidney beans, you can buy them in tins in most supermarkets. Otherwise if you buy dried kidney beans, you just need to remember to soak them in water the night before. Then you usually need to boil them for about 10 minutes and simmer them for roughly an hour. Continue reading