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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The veggies aren't very palatable after such a long simmering (unless you like celery paste, I guess), but if you've thrown a whole chicken in the resulting meat is wonderfully tender and flavorful.

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    This is exactly what we do, and it works great. The chicken bits are good for things like risotto, and more. Commented Jul 20, 2010 at 22:53
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    If you have done the stock right, the meat will be fall of the bones flaky and kind of dry tasting, and very flavorless, as all of the gelatin and flavors will have dissolved into the liquid.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Commented Dec 28, 2013 at 17:13
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    Veges are pig fodder or compost. If you use bones with meat on them, or whole chicken pieces, pull the meat out after 45-60 minutes. Let it cool a bit and remove the meat. Toss the bones and gristle back in to continue cooking. The meat retains it's flavor, and you get to extract all the collogen out of the bones. This is what I do when making a quick stock for Chicken Gumbo.
    – JSM
    Commented Jul 7, 2014 at 21:10
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    Flavorful? If there's any flavor left in the meat, then you haven't simmered it long enough. Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 23:12

I recently made vegetable broth and used the leftovers as the base for a creamy potato soup:

I threw out onion skins and bay leaves, but kept the rest and added an equal weight of potatoes, water to cover, boiled and seasoned it, blended, and simmered with cream.

Simple, efficient.


I would dump them, with the caveat that some chefs reserve bones for making a second, lighter stock. I've only heard of this being done with Veal, so your mileage may vary.

I've also heard of people combining stock and chicken salad making by throwing a whole chicken in to the stock pot, then using the white meat for salad.

This offends me on many levels, but I'll just say that it probably makes for bad chicken salad, and also almost certainly makes for cloudy stock.

  • Why on earth would that make for bad chicken salad?
    – ceejayoz
    Commented Jul 20, 2010 at 22:01
  • I'm imagining saltless overcooked white breast meat as a start; In my head, seasoned roasted white meat would be a much better start. I admit that I haven't tried it, though.
    – Peter V
    Commented Jul 20, 2010 at 22:03
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    I've tried it, and it's heavenly. Boil a whole chicken with onion, carrot, celery, herbs, salt and pepper for about 90 minutes. Remove the white meat for later use and continue cooking the bones for another 60-90 minutes. Tasty broth and tasty meat. Great if you're making pot pie.
    – ceejayoz
    Commented Jul 20, 2010 at 22:05
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    Veal bones are sometimes used a second time, "Remouillage" or 're-wetting' of the bones. This secondary simmering of the bones is usually done with just water for a few more hours. This secondary cooking water is then used as the water for the next batch of actual veal stock. The benefit is to extract the mamximum flavor from veal bones before discarding. The drawback is that you then have to have room in your refrigerator, cooler, or freezer for the secondary stock until you make your next batch. Commented Jul 20, 2010 at 23:54
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    Remi is extremely useful in restaurant contexts, when you need liquid with some flavour but nothing that will assert itself in the final product. I am at a serious loss to imagine a useful frequent use for remi at home.
    – daniel
    Commented Jul 21, 2010 at 6:03

I pureed all the left over vegetables, added garlic powder, Adobe seasoning, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Oh, and a little powdered chicken bullion. Put in bowl and topped with dollop of sour cream. Yummy!


While I agree with all the comments about the lack of flavor and palatable texture in the boiled vegetables, they do have value. If you’re trying to increase insoluble fiber in your diet, anything that you can purée them and add them to (like a creamy potato soup or spaghetti sauce as suggested above) will have that benefit . At most, the cellulose content of onions is reduced by about 15% from boiling. I’m not sure if the longer boiling time reduces it significantly more.


So when I make beef stock I use the pressure cooker technique 3 hours and then everything is mush. After everything is sieved I go through the mush carefully removing anything which could be bone and remaining sinew. I then add lots of fresh parsley basil tomato passata and a bulb of confit garlic a decent glug of decent olive oil, food processor for 1 minute and you have a passable if somewhat strangely textured bolognaise sauce.


I actually Googled this myself because I was wondering about the same thing. Someone else also suggested pureeing the veggies and adding them to spaghetti sauce. http://vegetarian.betterrecipes.com/vegetable-puree-leftover-vegetables-after-making-vegetable-stock.html


If there's any flavor left in chicken meat on the bone, or much collagen left in the bones after stock making, I'd say it hasn't simmered long enough. The stock should be both flavorful and unctuous, which means the meat will be flavorless and the bones brittle. Overnight is great for this, at a very low temperature - but with aromatics added later.

If you boil your stock, the tiny orifices in the bones from where collagen leaches will be sealed off, and the result will be much thinner than it could otherwise be.

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    Try pressure cooking for stock - way easier than overnight.
    – rfusca
    Commented Mar 5, 2012 at 1:46

Made stock last night with chicken carcass and assorted vegetable and fruit peelings. Used an InstantPot for 2 hours at high pressure. Separated and saved the clear stock.

Looked at the remaining solids, and reached for the hand blender. Added water and pureed the lot, including the bones. Gave it another 15 minutes at high pressure in the InstantPot.

A thick, smooth, opaque, dark brown, strongly smelling paste came out. Picture a concentrated sauce, or a liquidy pate. Judging from the aroma, probably too much orange peel this time around :)

  • As much as I know I need fiber and calcium and such, I'm not sure if blended chicken bones are quite what I'd want. I also noticed that you didn't mention if you actually ate and/or tasted it, only that you smelled it.
    – Joe
    Commented Nov 17, 2020 at 14:26

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