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Subject: Uses for Chicken Stock
Date Posted: 9/28/2009 1:01 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
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On a different thread people shared some money saving tips/ideas that I found interesting.  My biggest problem has been going to the grocery store with no clue as to what to buy or make for the following week.  I walk up and down the aisles and just blindly put things in my cart.  Some of you may have read in that thread I was able to make some meals and freeze them which has been a big help (seriously never thought of that).  I just wanted to share with you what happened this weekend.

My in-laws came over and I made this delicious chicken receipe that calls for using thighs.  I needed to par-boil the check with some chicken broth,  a bay leaf and some other spices.  When I took it out of the pot I was going to throw away this broth.  DH says...why don't we make chicken soup with it for tomorrow?  What? I seriously wasn't even thinking that.  So, Sunday night we added some carrots, potatoes, green beans and mushrooms with some of the leftover chicken and a little more water.  Wow - was that good!  In fact we were even able to take left-overs for lunch today.

Ladies - I think the light-bulb is finally going off over my head.  I really hadn't shopped with ideas on meals and/or what to make with my leftovers.  The chicken soup was so easy! I made a side salad and some biscuts and it was done.  Now I know why my grandparents would alwasy take home the turkey bones & carcass after Thanksgiving....they would make a delicious soup with it! 

Many of you probably already do this but for me this was an accomplishment.  I am starting to change the way I think about preparing meals.  I love this forum about saving money because I can get some tips and suggestions for folks here that I never thought about.  Keep them coming please :)

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 3:22 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2005
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Wendy, I used to have that problem too.It took me years before I used a list, and I was constantly forgetting what was needed to prepare meals.

The Taste of Home/Quick Cooking books are really good.Many times I can prepare a meal with what I have in my pantry, and avoid another expensive trip to the store.

This is what helps me: Go through your recipes and cookbooks and plan a few meals.Make sure you have all necessary ingredients for the recipes you have chosen.Also check your local flyer for sales for the stores/store you do most of your shopping.If the store/stores have good loss leaders, and you are able stock up!

My grandmother always saved her chicken stock(in the freezer) .She wouldnt touch canned soup.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 5:53 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2005
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This one probably sounds crazy, but we love it....we serve wide egg noodles in chicken broth over mashed potatoes.  Some carbliciousness on a plate! :)

If we only have a little leftover chicken broth, we cook rice in it (instead of using water).  It adds a nice flavor to the rice.

Aren't homemade broths the best?  You can also use leftover ham bones and venison bones to make stock.  I once used bear bones.... it was.... different, LOL. 

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 9/29/2009 7:49 PM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2006
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I always save any chicken stock for just that purpose. It makes great soups.  I also have learned to freeze it in 1 and 2 cup measures in a freezer bag. I use the one cup and add it to potato water for mashed potatoes. Makes them yummier. Also cook rice in the chicken stock as well.  And I freeze it in ice cube trays as well. This way if you only need a few to add flavor to sauteed chicken breasts or pop into a rice dish they melt quickly.

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 3:00 AM ET
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these are great idea.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 6:20 PM ET
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You can always freeze it in ice cube trays so its in small portions for a little flavor here and there