Learn How to Make Chicken Stock in a Slow Cooker and how to store it in the freezer. This recipe is so easy and has some great tips. Learn how to make chicken stock from leftover rotisserie chicken bones. Learn how to freeze chicken stock in ice cube trays for easy access stock.
Next time you buy a rotisserie chicken or make one from scratch make sure you keep the bones. It is so easy to learn how to make chicken stock in a slow cooker. Follow this simple recipe next time you have a leftover carcass from a rotisserie chicken and you’ll have delicious slow cooker chicken stock made with little effort. Your chicken stock can be infused with whatever vegetables you have on hand. Have some celery that’s getting floppy? Perfect throw it in. Have some aging carrots? Great, use them up. No need to run to the store for this simple and delicious slow cooker chicken stock.
Want to learn how to make a whole chicken at home? Check out Eat or Drink’s Easy Whole Chicken Recipe.
How to Make Chicken Stock in a Slow Cooker
Making chicken stock in a slow cooker comes down to a few very simple steps. It’s such a low fuss process that you should be doing it everytime you eat a rotisserie chicken. You don’t have to waste those precious chicken bones ever again once you learn how to make chicken stock in a slow cooker.
- Remove the majority of the meat from your leftover rotisserie chicken carcass
- Place the carcass in your slow cooker and add in vegetables and herbs of your choosing
- Cover with water and cook low and slow
- Remove the fat from the cooled stock
- Pour into ice cube trays and freeze
- Keep in ice cube trays or store in a gallon sized ziplock bag
Why Freeze Stock in Ice Cube Trays?
The second reason I choose to freeze the stock is that it makes small amounts of stock accessible anytime.
Do you ever just want 1-2 tablespoons of stock to add some flavor to a pasta or veggie saute? That’s the beauty of freezing stock in ice cube trays. Instead of having to open up a new can of stock every time you want a tablespoon or two you can just grab a couple ice cubes of stock and throw them in your pan.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock from Leftover Rotisserie Chicken
- 1 rotisserie chicken carcass
- 4 stalks celery
- 2 carrots
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar - helps break down the bones
- 7 cups water
- Clean of any leftover chicken from your rotisserie chicken bones. A small amount left is ok, but you don't want the bones covered all over in chicken. Add the cleaned off chicken carcass to your slow cooker pot.
- Cut your vegetables into halves or quarters to make sure they fit and are dispersed throughout your slow cooker pot. Make sure to leave on the ends and skins. Add them to your slow cooker pot.
- Pour in your vinegar and about 7 cups of water over the top of your chicken carcass and vegetables. You may need more or less depending on the size and shape of your slow cooker. If the water is covering the chicken bones then you have enough.
- Cook on low in your slow cooker for about 9 hours. You can cook it for up to 12 hours if you are not able to complete the next step right away. Once cooked turn off your slow cooker and remove the lid to allow the stock to cool enough to be handled.
- Pour your chicken stock through a strainer into a large bowl to remove any chicken bits and vegetable pieces. Place the bowl in your refrigerator for about 4 hours or until it is completely cooled and you see that the fat has risen to the top of the bowl.
- Once the fat has risen to the top of the bowl, use a slotted spoon to remove as much of the fat as you can.
- Carefully pour your chicken stock into ice cube trays and place in your freezer. Once they are frozen you can continue to store them in ice cube trays or you can remove each frozen stock cube and place in a gallon sized ziplock bag.