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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Chicken Chowder

This recipe for Chicken Chowder is a variation on the one from the New Atkins New You cookbook and uses chicken and cauliflower instead of the traditional clams and potatoes used in chowder. You can buy chicken stock but a far healthier option is to make your own. So if you’ve had roast chicken for dinner, throw the remaining carcass into a pot with some vegetables and herbs and simmer for a few hours. See this recipe for an easy chicken broth recipe.

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