I just de-glazed my new All Clad pan after frying up some chicken breasts. I was not sure how to get the pan clean so I de-glazed it with water. Should I keep that for making broth or something or just throw it out?/

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    Typically you'd use it to make a sauce for whatever you just cooked, but could see it being used to boost a stock if you're going to be making one any time soon. Typical procedure would've been to cook up a shallot or finally diced mild onion before deglazing with wine, cider, chicken stock, vinegar, or other flavorful liquid, add some herbs and stir in a bit of butter. You can also make a slurry with starch and make it into a gravy.
    – Joe
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 22:16

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Yes, you can save it. I transfer it to a small container, label it (with the date), and stick it in the freezer. At some point in the future I'll rediscover it and add it to broth, soup, or a sauce. (Generally, the advice is 6 to 12 months, during which time it loses flavor rather than becoming a health risk. I've used it safely long after that.)

Most of the time, of course, you'll use it to make a sauce for the dish you're cooking. But if you don't use it now, it's a generic meaty-brown flavor that pairs well with a wide variety of things. You could throw it in a pan with sauteeing vegetables, or on top of sauteed scallops, or add it to beans.

You could also refrigerate it; use it within 5 days.

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