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Should I be worried if my broth or stock has no foam to skim?

A lot of recipes tell you to skim the foam/scum. What if I'm making one of those recipes and there doesn't end up being any? Does that mean I did something wrong somehow? Or am I just lucky not to ...
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Why skim “scum” from the surface of a simmering stock?

I've been reading various Googled recipes and techniques for stockmaking, as I made my first stock tonight using raw chicken bones. Just about every article/recipe I read says to skim the surface of ...
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Fat sinking to bottom of stock

So I've made stock a couple of times in the last couple of months - one batch of chicken stock and one of beef neckbone stock - and I've come across a problem I've never seen before. After cooling, ...
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Submerging chicken carcass twice

I need to make chicken stock so I bought a 3 lb fryer chicken today. Obviously my plan was to roast the chicken tonight, take meat off the bones and then use the carcass to make the stock tomorrow. ...
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What's the best way to strain stock?

I have a big pot full of chicken necks and backs on the stove which I need to separate into (a) stock and (b) everything else. I'm wondering the best way to go about doing this. I've previously laid ...
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Food Safety of “Scavenged” Chicken Stock

I happened upon an article entitled "Please Pass the Scavenged Bone Stock" and discovered that there are many different opinions out there about the propriety of saving chicken bones for stock. The ...
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Vinegar Soak for Stock [closed]

This article claims that one should soak bones in vinegar before making stock out of them. A vinegar pre-soak before applying heat ensures that minerals will be pulled out of the bones and into ...
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Adding parsley at the beginning of making chicken stock

I've heard that parsley is supposed to be added at the end of cooking, but this article mentions using it in making chicken stock, and I can't imagine adding it at the end since it would just be ...
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Should I include egg shells in my stock?

I've been making stock from vegetable scraps I've been keeping in the freezer (mainly carrots, celery, onion, tomato, and parsley). I read elsewhere that one could include egg shells in stock. Is this ...
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Why would parsnips make a beef stock not freeze?

I made a beef stock the way I always do, except that I added parnsips. Then I put the stock in the freezer and when I took it out, the stock was not frozen. It was freezing cold, but instead of having ...
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Why should a stock be simmered and not boiled?

Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles cookbook says that a stock should NEVER be boiled, why is this? Does the higher heat extract bitterness or something else undesirable? It seems a little strange because ...
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Stock vs Broth - What's the difference in usage?

I've now learned (from this site) that broth and stock are not the same product (see this great answer). So, in any given scenario, why should one use stock rather than broth, or vice versa? i.e. ...
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What are the correct simmering times for chicken/vegetable stock?

I recently read that cooking stock for more than about 2 hours negatively affects the flavor, and eventually vitiates the vitamins due to heat degradation. This seems to conflict with advice I've ...
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Chicken stock quantity to substitute for 1 stock cube (knorr)?

How much homemade chicken stock should I substitute when recipe calls for a stock cube? I added 5 litres of water to cover carcass. Anything else I can do with simmered chicken & veg. It seems ...
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Adding more bones to a finished stock?

I'm making a tonkotsu ramen dish, but I feel it could use a porky boost. The broth is done now but there's about six hours until serving time. Would it be okay if I added more pork hocks now to add ...
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Using beet stock

There's a pot full of water left over after boiling beets. I know beets are full of good stuff. I'd rather not throw this beet stock down the drain, but rather use it. How can this beet water or ...
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Are the leftovers from making stock good for anything?

Having made stock and strained it, can the meat and vegetables boiled up in the stock be used for anything, or should they go in the bin?
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Refreezing stock after boiling

Can I safely refreeze stock that I have brought to the boiling point? If so, should I boil it or bring it above a certain temperature for a certain length of time to ensure food safety? Is the ...
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Why will my dense, concentrated stock not solidify to jelly?

I boiled all the bones from a roe deer for stock and got about four litres all of which was solid when refrigerated. I took half of it and left it in a pan in the bottom over of an Aga for two days ...
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Turkey stock in refrigerator

We boiled the carcass of the turkey and let it set in the refrigerator for about 5 days. When I took it out to prepare the soup it was like gelatin. I know that's OK, however at the bottom there was ...
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Are the particulates that settle in a veal stock impurities?

I've been making veal stock for about a year, and really enjoy the process. It generally takes me two days: the first to generate a base stock, the second to reduce it. I've noticed that when I ...
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Should steaming water be used for stock/gravy?

Should I use water from steaming to make stock or gravy? Does it depend from what I have steamed (e.g., potatoes or vegetables)?
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Vegetable stock for a vegan gravy

I am vegan. I want to make a vegan gravy sauce but I want to make my own vegetable broth without too much salt. I don't want to use a ready to use vegetable stock and nutritional yeast. How can I add ...
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How efficient is stock for protein extraction?

Proteins from collagen and tissues thicken stock. Fat is rendered too. Since fat settles to the surface after refrigeration, I assume that you can extract most or all of the fat through skimming ...
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Right stock color

I did beef stock for two times, with more-or-less same ingredients/steps, but the resulting color was different. For the first time, the color was amber, for the second time, it was brownish. What ...
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Pre-Cooked Meat [duplicate]

I have an idea to pre-cook chicken, sauces, in spices etc and then freeze in batches. I can then use the precooked chicken to whip up quick dishes for dinner. My question is: if I have leftovers ...
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What's the difference between using stock and water?

I realise this sounds like an odd question. However, to use an example, when I make cottage pie, a lot of recipes suggest using beef stock. Okay, so as I understand making beef stock, you basically ...
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I'm Making Chicken stock. How can I keep the chicken meat/bones from rising above the water line?

I'm using chicken wings to make a stock, but they want to float up to the top above the water line. Any kitchen hacks to keep them submerged??
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Using the bone from a spiral cut ham

I'm making pork stock for the first time from raw pork bones I bought at the store, and I just opened a spiral cut ham to cut it up. Can I put the cooked ham bone in with the cooking pork bones, since ...
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Foam in beef stock [duplicate]

I'm making the beef stock and after the stock has been brought to the boil, the recipe calls for skimming the foam. What is in the foam? Why it is bad and must be skimmed?
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Would pressure cooking stock create a different result?

I have always made bone stocks by simmering them for a long, long time, either on the stove or in a slow cooker. My new housemate insists this can be done in a pressure cooker. I'm sure this is true, ...
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Using Chicken Broth bones for chicken stock?

I am planning on using a whole chicken to make a batch of chicken broth, which as I understand is made using the meat as well as bones and vegetables and various seasoning's. From that, I will take ...
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Optimum Bone To Water Ratio For Pork and Beef Stocks

I am tinkering with my stock recipes. For pork stock I have been using 8 cups of water over a roasted trotter, a roasted backbone section with about 4 inches of rib attached, and a 1/4 inch slab of ...
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onion puree thickness

From times to times, I make this soup that consists of 90% onions and 10% green pepper/garlic/white cabbage/carrots. Not matter how much water I add to it, it always ends up quite thick after ...
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Why is wine not a common ingredient in (meat) stock?

My inclination is to think that red wine would go well in a beef stock and white wine in the making of a chicken stock but I rarely, if ever, see it as an ingredient. Is there a common reason why wine ...
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Sediment in chicken stock

Despite using a fine mesh strainer, when I pour out my stock into a container, I appear to have a lot of sediment/debris in my stock. I am following the method used by Chef John (Foodwishes) ...
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Why did my Turkey Stock turn into gelatin?

We took our left-over turkey carcass and parts and simmered them for a few hours with water in a pot with some herbs and veggies. After removing the solids, and separating the fat, we placed it in ...
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Jar lids popping several times

I've canned my whole life (54 years old), I started when I was young helping my Mom, and I've never run into this before. I've never canned just plain pork stock before, but wanted to try. I had 4 ...
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How do I know when my stock is done cooking?

I'm making stock from turkey bones and all of the other leftovers hanging around the refrigerator. Since the cooking time varies quite a bit depending on cooking method (I'm doing a slow simmer on the ...
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Using cloves in stocks/broths

I have a (somewhat) recently purchased spice jar of cloves in my pantry that isn't getting much attention. I've seen stock/broth recipes that call for whole peppercorns, and am curious if subbing ...
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Stock: Canned, Bouillon Cubes and Powder

What are the Pros and Cons to each one? Most of the time I am making vegetable soup. Thanks
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My chicken stock is a gelatinous mess. Is this normal? Can it be saved? [duplicate]

I've been looking for a chicken soup with matzo balls recipe that would duplicate my grandma's (she died without passing on the recipe.) This one sounded like it would be close. I followed it to the ...
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How hot does the water need to be when cooking stock?

What's the minimum water temperature for making stock? (from either meat and vegetables, if they're different)
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Making the most out of stock

I came across a page (http://www.traditional-foods.com/bone-broth/) where the author used the same beef bone 12 times to make stock*. It got me wondering: when I make stock, am I leaving behind that ...
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Should I pre-boil then rinse chicken bones before making stock?

I'm told this releases the impurities, i.e scum, so you don't have to skim while simmering.
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What is the best way to store stock in the freezer?

What is the best way to store stock in the freezer? I can think of ice cubes and plastic bags, but am looking for other ideas. Also, what would be the optimal portion size?
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How can I roast chicken bones (without meat)?

I plan to make a sizable quantity of chicken stock this weekend. Since I can't actually eat that much chicken, I just bought several pounds of bones, figuring I'd save the effort and expense of ...
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Should I keep the meat boiled off of bones when making beef broth?

I am making a simple beef stock from the leftover bones from a New York cut roast beef. Beyond adding a mirepoix and boiling the bones for three hours I'm not doing anything special. When I make stock ...
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How to mix a roux with stock?

My roux came out a beautiful dark brown. Then I began to slowly add chicken stock. The flour and water did not completely blend and I don't understand why not? The roux was very hot,but the stock ...
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Couldn't snap the bones in my chicken stock

I followed Alton Brown's recipe for stock in which he gave a rough estimate of 8-9 hours at a low simmer to extract maximum flavor. At one point, he said, paraphrased, "How will you know you've ...