Love Food, Hate Waste for Thrifty Thursday:
Home-Made Chicken Stock Recipe
I HATE waste! I was brought up in a very thrifty household where fabulous meals were cooked, but, any leftovers were always made into another tasty and wholesome meal. So, it is an anathema to me that so much food is wasted in the UK and today’s post is all about thrift and taste, as YES, they DO compliment each other. The amount of food that an average British household throws away is colossal and morally repugnant, in my very self-opinionated and yet humble opinion! This frightening fact of food waste has been recently highlighted in television productions, and if you want a run-down of just how bad we are, then take a trip to the Love Food, Hate Waste website here: Love Food, Hate Waste where you can see by an interactive post, if you are also a culprit of waste! It’s a complex issue, and much waste is generated by very confusing supermarket and brand labelling. It appears that many of us are confused by date labels on our food. Warburton’s, ( a major British bakery) removed ‘display until’ dates from all of their products in 2010, bringing them in line with the rest of the bakery sector, and similarly Hovis introduced new storage guidance in early 2011 . Many retailers are now removing display until dates from their products, to make it easier to see the important ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates.
From whole roast chicken to chicken stew and dumplings via home-made chicken stock…..
When I roasted a chicken a few days ago, you can see the recipes in my organic post here: Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner: Honey Roast Chicken, Hand Pies and Bread & Butter Pudding Recipes, I managed to get FOUR family meals out of one lovely organic roast chicken! The main meal was the roast bird, then I made a dozen pies for a supper dish as well as adding a couple of the pies into the school and office lunch box, before making a home-made stock and finally serving a delicious and hearty chicken stew with dumplings. For me, it’s not just about using the leftovers, it’s also all about showing respect for the animal, insofar that it is all used to feed a hungry family. I am not a vegetarian, although I eat very little meat, but, if I am going to eat meat then I want to eat meat from animals that have been reared with respect as well as being humanely slaughtered with no pain, so, the chicken on my table is a worthy recipient of many meals, for the pennies in my purse as well as respect for the animal that was bred for my table.
So, for today’s Thrifty Thursday post, I bring to you my EASY and tasty Home-Made Chicken Stock Recipe – a great way to finally finish off that roast chicken and make a stock for many other delicious meals to come. Tomorrow, I will be posting my Chicken Stew and Dumplings recipe, that was made from today’s chicken stock. And, don’t forget, I have also managed to make a dozen mini Chicken and Vegetable Pies from my giving bird too, so a £10 organic chicken has gone a long way to feed myself and my family over the last week, with imagination and flavour.
The recipe for my home-made chicken stock is below, and please DO pop back tomorrow and over the weekend when I will be sharing my stew and dumplings recipe, as well as TWO new 5:2 diet recipes, a Chinese New Year recipe and lots of marmalade! Have a great day and keep warm, as it has gone very cold all of sudden again……..proper stew and dumplings weather! Karen