Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chicken Stock - Good for the soul and FLU!

Flu prevention? Um Yes Please!

Homemade Chicken Stock - turned into tea or soup, now may not sound like the most scrumptious thing to sip on, but I've been reading that the health benefits are well worth it.

The news has been blowing up about this crazy flu outbreak so to help the fam ward off germs, flu bugs and to help prevent it, I pinned a homemade chicken stock tea recipe and looked up some other suggestions online and combined them and came up with this...

Health Benefits
Chicken Broth has antiviral properties, good for our gut and digestion. The stock which is made with bones and meat contains gelatin and collagen (all good for us) and has is a great source of protein and vitamins as well. Mason is even sipping on some in his bottle.

First - Make the Chicken Stock (much more nutritious than store bought)

(although very gross, if I can do it... anyone can! just 2 min. of disgust and it's over)

Get a whole chicken (or pieces parts/leftovers/bones with a little meat on em) use the neck, wings, all the pieces it comes with, it's all got nutritional value when cooked in the broth.

Add to a large stainless steal pot:
1 gal filtered water
2 tbsp of vinegar
- Let the chicken boil for 20 min. then reduce to low and in about an hour skim off all the gunky stuff that floats to the top.

Then still cooking on low add the following:
3 carrots cut in half lengthwise
3 celery stalks cut lengthwise
1 onion cut in pieces
3 cloves of garlic cut in half
2 bay leaves

Let simmer for 8-16 hours, the longer the better.
20 minutes before removing add a fresh bunch of parsely.

Take everything out (you can save the chicken for another dish- maybe chicken enchiladas or chicken noodle soup) throw away all the veggies as their nutrients has been all sucked out. 

Bam! There's your chicken stock. Sift it, save it and freeze your stock/broth for future uses.


Now to make your tea or soup that's helpful for flu prevention. 

Take a couple cups of stock, simmer in a pot on the stove and add the following:

2 c. or 3 c. homemade chicken stock
1 tsp ground turmeric
pinch of cinnamon
3 black peppercorns
dash of sea salt to taste
1 inch of ginger chopped

(add the garlic after done simmering)
3 cloves of garlic

Let simmer for 6-8 minutes then add the garlic for 2 minutes. Strain and sip on your tea.

Here's to not get the flu!! :)

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