We just finished our 2nd part (out of 3) of the first module last week in school (I have 5 modules). During that month we made over 18 stocks, broths, butters and oils with an assortment of animals and vegetables (shrimp, chicken, duck, lobster, pig, rabbit, lamb, veal, fish, vegetables, mushrooms, etc). Every time we took one apart, it was thrown into a pot with a few herbs and a ton of water and made into something very delicious. They smelled incredible! It was a ton of work though, they usually had to simmer for 6 hours or more in gigantic pots that weighed about 100 or so pounds each!
Since I was already in the zone of making broths and stocks and taking apart animals, I decided to buy two chickens and re-create the classic chicken soup at home using my newly learned techniques and recipes. I had two very special guests for shabbat, my parents. I made a big pot of chicken soup, adding my little pizazz to the basic recipe my chef gave us. It was so simple. If you know how to take apart a chicken, you should definitely buy two whole chickens and cut it into 8ths. You can use the carcasses and extra fat and bones for the stock as well as make a great chicken dish with the pieces. You will not be disappointed. If you don't know how to cut up your own chicken, come over and i'll teach you, seriously! Or you can go to the grocery store and ask your butcher if they have any leftover carcasses, bones or necks from the chickens they cut up. Those pieces are very cheap, but the flavor is priceless!
2 Onions, cut into chunks
3 Carrots, cut into chunks
3 Stalks of Celery, cut into chunks
1 Garlic Head, separated and peel on
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp. Whole Black Peppercorns
Thyme (Fresh or Dry, 1/3 of the bunch)
Dill, Fresh (1/3 of the bunch)
Parsley, Fresh (1/2 of the bunch)
Pinch of Salt (Add more according to your taste, after soup is done)2 Chicken Carcasses and scraps
Water, enough to cover about 4 inches above the chicken
Bring Chicken and Water to a boil. Simmer and skim. Add rest of ingredients and simmer for 6-8 hours. Strain. Put in containers and put in fridge. When cool, skim off the fat.
One thing my school tries to teach us is to not waste anything! Almost anything can be used to make great food. So don't throw away those scraps, because a nice chicken broth is waiting to be made! I made a chicken teriyaki salad with the boneless skinless chicken breasts, and I baked the other 12 pieces with a few spices, white wine and olives.
All last month I felt like I was training for a body building competition. The place sounded like a gym with all the people grunting, lugging and sweating, when lifting and straining those pots of boiling liquid. My arm muscles are rockin' right now!You can call me Ali Schwarzenegger!