I know, I know, I hear you. Who has time to make your own chicken stock? Well the answer is: YOU DO! It might seem like a lot of effort but it is actually super easy. And when you weigh it up against the store-bought tetra container stuff, you won’t even want to go there anymore.
I use stock in many of my dishes and I find making one massive batch of stock will last me for a few months. Check out the easy recipe here.
Here are a few of the common chicken stocks found on Aussie shelves. Stock in France mostly comes in stock cubes (which is EVEN WORSE) so I won’t even go there. Have a look at the ingredients, but most of all, have a look at all the nasty extras that are not REAL FOOD.
Continental Stock Pot Chicken:
Concentrated chicken stock (67%) (vegetables (onion, carrot, garlic), water, chicken, herbs, spices), salt, flavours (contain wheat), sugar, vegetable fat, yeast extract, thickeners (xanthin gum, locust bean gum), natural colour (carotene)
Massel Chicken Stock:
Water, Maltodextrin (Corn), Sea Salt, Natural Vegetable Flavours, Dehydrated Vegetables (Onion, Red Bell Pepper), Vegetable Proteins (Soy), Sugar, Yeast Extract, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Black Pepper.
Coles Chicken Stock:
Chicken Stock* (97%) (Water, Chicken, Onion, Carrot, Celery, Bay Leaf), Natural Flavours, Yeast Extract, Sugar, Salt, Vegetable Powders (Onion, Garlic, Sweet Corn), Black Pepper, Vegetable Extract Powder
*Reconstituted from concentrated stock
Also these tetra containers are quite expensive when you consider everything I use in my Homemade Chicken Stock was going to go in the bin. And often, a recipe calls for only a small amount of stock and therefore you now have a whole container of stock open for nothing. And it goes off pretty quick once you have opened it.
Once you get into the habit of making your own Homemade Chicken Stock, you will notice:
1. You are saving money
2. Everything tastes better
3. You are reducing your waste to landfill
4. It’s ready (frozen) in the freezer whenever you need it, but most importantly
5. You are eating real food and not a whole bunch of words you can’t pronounce and ingredients that were formulated in a lab, not to mention the extra sugar, MSG, salt, artificial flavours, colours and enhancers. Yuk.
So do yourself a favour and start making your own Homemade Chicken Stock.