This recipe is perfect to use up your leftover meat from Christmas. It's also a great base for all types of healthy paleo soups, and after all the indulgent food we eat around Christmas time, a good healthy soup is exactly what we need!
Yield 4 L (1 gallon / 16 cups)
Preparation time 10 minutes (plus 1 hour marinating time)
Cooking time 6 – 12 hours
1.5 kg (3 lb. 5 oz.) bony chicken parts (necks, backs, breastbones and wings)
2 – 4 chicken feet (optional)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped
3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
2 leeks (white part only), rinsed and roughly chopped
1 whole garlic bulb, cut in half
2 large handfuls flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, lightly crushed
1 Place the chicken pieces in a stockpot or large saucepan. Add 5 litres of cold water, the vinegar, onion, carrot, celery, leek, garlic and peppercorns and leave to stand for 30 minutes – 1 hour.
2 Bring to the boil, continuously skimming off the skin and foam that forms on the surface of the liquid. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 6 – 12 hours. The longer you cook the stock the more the flavours will develop.
3 Allow to cool slightly before straining the stock through a fine sieve into a large storage container.
4 Cover and place in your refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and congeals.
5 Skim off the layer of fat from the top and reserve the fat and stock in covered containers in your refrigerator or freezer. The reserved fat can be used as cooking oil for meat, poultry and vegetables dishes.
6 The stock can be stored in the refrigerator up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months