Well, I did it! As promised, I would update you all once I had a chance to try the recipe out for myself. I ended up cooking one chicken on the stove top and one in the crock-pot. I preheated the oven to 350*F
First I ended up baking the birds because I was using the meat for our Christmas dinner. This is actually my first ever attempt at cooking an entire chicken and not just the parts of one.
I’m not a huge fan of handling raw meat, but I feel better about eating nose to neck (since the head is missing) and not being wasteful.
The chickens I used were thawed out and I put them in their own two inch deep glass baking dish. I am quite scared of dry turkey so I ended up using a chicken broth that’s Paleo friendly.
The chicken broth I used is Swanson Organic Chicken Broth which uses free-range chickens who have never had any antibiotics or hormones as well as organic vegetables. The actual chickens I used were organic as well, but I threw away the packaging and cannot remember the actual brand.
Before I put the chickens in the oven I coated them with olive oil and mixed together a dry rub and put that on them. I got this recipe off of KevinisCooking.com. The dry rub consisted of:
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp oregano
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
The instructions were to cook the birds for 30 minutes per pound for each of them, I cooked them for about 2 hours and then took most of the meat off for Christmas dinner and set that aside.
The seasonings that were on the skin are now mixed together in the broth that the chicken sits in. After the meat was removed, I put the rest of the broth and bones in each of their pots. Then I added water to make sure the bird was submerged.
*If I were to do this again, I would not use the broth from the pan because I’m pretty sure there’s a significant amount of extra sodium that I could have done without, even with the low sodium option broth. I’m sort of sensitive to the sodium, it gives me headaches in the morning and my rings fit a little tighter than they should.*
The slow cooker (crock-pot) I set on low and mixed it every few hours. Otherwise I didn’t touch it until I turned the heat off. This cooked for 18 hours. I feel like the heat, even on the low setting, is too high to cook it for a full 24 hours.
The other bird was put into a pot on the stove and I added a few garlic cloves to the pot. I didn’t end up putting celery or anything else in them because I didn’t have it at home and it’s Christmas eve so I wasn’t getting back out to fight with the crowds.
For the chicken on the stove, it did have a tiny bit of foam that came to the top (due to impurities of the chicken) so I scraped it off and tossed that. The crock pot did not have any foam, not sure why this was different, but it was.
I was scared to leave the stove on overnight without watching it, so I ended up taking the chicken off the stove after it cooked for 5 hours- putting it in the refrigerator overnight and then cooking it the next day for 12 more hours.
After your broth has completely cooked, you take the the bones and pieces of chicken out of the broth and then separate it in jars and freeze what you don’t need right now, or put what you want on hand for the next few days in the refrigerator.
I’m planning on drinking this once a day to help with healing my gut and giving me all the good nutrients that this has to offer. The batch I made (with the two chickens) should yield about 3-4 weeks worth of broth.
Of course it depends on how big of a batch your making and how much you drink per day. I’m going with about 6-8 ounces per day.
To be quite honest, because that’s why I’m here. I probably won’t make bone broth again at least for a while. It is pretty labor intensive and I’m not sure I want to commit to two days of making this. Instead, I’m going to switch over to getting the Bone Broth Protein Powder and mix that in a breakfast smoothie so I can taste something other than chicken or beef for a while.
The health benefits are undeniable, so I will still absolutely incorporate this into my daily regimen. We covered health benefits in detail in the last post about bone broth. It should show up below as a related article. If you have trouble finding this, comment below and I’ll give you the link.
Let me know if you have made bone broth and how your experience went, I would love to hear from you!
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