Have you ever been in fix where you need chicken broth in a hurry, but you don't have time to de- bone a chicken, cut up the ingredients, boil it, and then let it cool? I have been there tons of times, and this is a method that has helped me to still provide all the nutrition of homemade broth in a hurry.
Here are two things you must have to make all of these tips work most effectively.
- Large one or two gallon Ziploc bag
- Seed sprouting bag, you can purchase one here (affiliate link) Here is a picture of the what a seed sprouting bag looks like. They are also called nut milk bags because many people use them to make almond milk.
This is pretty much a reusable, nylon mesh bag, and they are useful for many things. If you don't have one of these on hand, you can also use cheesecloth, but you will need to make sure it is a large piece you can tie well at the top.
- Chicken broth ready to be made. Throughout the week, when I peel onions and garlic, cut up carrots and celery and de-bone a chicken, instead of throwing away the onion peel, celery and carrot tops, and the bones, I put them all in a big Ziploc freezer bag. I keep this bag in the freezer for when I need to quickly make chicken broth and as I add new stuff, I throw away the old peelings and bones. The day that I need to make chicken broth depending on how much I need and how much of a hurry I am in, I throw all the ingredients in a big stock pot full of water and boil for a couple of hours. I like to add - salt - pepper - cumin - fresh onion in big chunks This helps give it a more intense flavor and just taste incredible. The onion peel and garlic peel that is in your ingredient bag will also add a velvety texture that I like. After you have boiled it and liked the way it tastes, you can strain it and use the broth. At this point, I normally let the ingredients cool off completely, put them back in the Ziploc freezer bag, and use them again. I can usually use them twice and still get a very good broth. Although I do add new stuff continually to my freezer bag, and am constantly throwing away the old stuff so most of mine don't get used twice. This just depends on how much you cook. If you are in a hurry, wanting to save time, instead of throwing the ingredients in the stock pot, but them in your mesh nut bag, and tie the top. When the broth is done, just take the mesh bag out, and put it to cool. I have also kept my broth ingredients in the mesh bag and then put the mesh bag in the Ziploc freezer bag to save a lot of time. Unfortunately, I only have one mesh bag right now, so if I need it again, I have to take it out and wash it, thus not saving me much time. Eventually, I will have two mesh bags just for broth. :)
- Soup in a hurry. Whenever I need chicken broth for soup, the nut milk bag comes in handy! I take the exact steps above except I place the chicken broth ingredients in the mesh bag. I then follow the directions for whatever soup I'm making usually this is the steps I take for a standard soup. - Place chicken broth ingredients in mesh nut bag - Saute onion, garlic, and spices in olive oil in my stock pot - Add carrots to the above mixture and then celery and fresh spices - Instead of adding chicken broth like the recipe calls for, I just add the water - Add the remaining soup ingredients like beans or grains - After everything is added, I put the mesh bag in the stock pot as well. I normally tie the strings to the handle of the stock pot so it doesn't come undone. - Lastly, I let it boil for however long it says. Most of the soups I make, require at least an hour of simmering, but if a particular soup doesn't, I wait to add the soft ingredients like pasta until the last twenty minutes or so. The broth needs at least an hour, to make the soup taste amazing. If it is shorter than that, the broth is not as strong as I personally like it. It is definitely something that you will want to experiment with to satisfy your taste buds.
These are two lazy methods that I use to always have the ability to have nutritious bone broth in our home in a hurry. Comment below and tell me what amazing short cut methods you have found in making homemade chicken broth. :)