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I tried to make my first stock, used 1 chicken carcass, brought to boil and simmered all in 2 hours. Regrigerated it and next day everything was gel. I know recipes say it should be 6-24 hours however isn't my one considered a success?

What things am I missing out on by not cooking for half a day?

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Chicken stock is often simmered for 2-3 hours. Larger boned animals (beef) is cooked longer, 4-6 hours. What you would miss is some flavor and some gelatin. I don't have any source, so I'm leaving this as a comment... :p – Max May 2 '12 at 14:01

Refrigerated stock is supposed to gel. Its caused by the gelatin you're (intentionally!) extracting from the bones.

To determine if its a success, you'd taste it. Assuming it tastes right, then its a success. If you had you cooked it longer, you may have extracted a little more flavor & gelatin (so it'd be an even thicker gel).

You can also make chicken stock in a slow cooker (if you want an easy way to let it simmer all day), or in a pressure cooker (if you want to make stock in a hour). The taste of these methods will be slightly different, and for best taste pressure-cooker stock requires a non-venting pressure cooker running at 15 psi.

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