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  •  When your in the mood, (3+ / 0-)
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    VA Breeze, chimene, claude

    make a big pot of your own, then freeze it in single serving sizes.

    If the freezer containers are air tight, I keep stuff for years.  And it tastes awesome.

    Even if you think that's gross, it's not nearly as gross as Chinese chicken.

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    by kmfmstar on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 03:22:32 AM PDT

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    •  So do I (4+ / 0-)
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      It's not exactly difficult - get backs and necks (if all you want is broth), or a whole raw chicken from a dependable source in both cases.  If the chicken came with gibblets save out the liver - the rest can go right into the broth makings.  Add lots of water, carrots (wash, don't peel - makes the broth a lovely golden color), chopped onions, salt and whatever spices you like (I use tarragon), and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for a few hours.  Sieve out anything that isn't broth (carrots and chicken can be reserved for soup unless you went the back and neck route).  You now have a lot of nice healthy broth.

      •  thanks, we make broth out of holiday turkeys all (2+ / 0-)
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        the time, so this isn't a mystery, 8-)

        and there's certainly nothing particularly attractive about the noodles and itty-bitty-teeny-tiny chicken slivers

        ... it's just what I've used for comfort-food-when-REALLY-feeling-sh*tty for my whole adult life (and I assume childhood!)

        and the "saline-protein-hydration-medium" actually is a pretty good thing when you have a cold or flu! settles a "raw" tummy as well as fizzy water.

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        by chimene on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 02:11:53 PM PDT

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        •  simple fix: during pre-Passover pick up (2+ / 0-)
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          some kosher chicken broth cubes or granules (they'll be made in the USA or in Israel. It'll say so on the label) for storable, reliable, non-China-based chicken broth.
          Probably safer than buying those big bulk bags of leg quarters ...

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          by BlackSheep1 on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 09:47:54 PM PDT

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          •  thanks, I'll make a note! how's the sodium on (2+ / 0-)
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            that, though. most commercial bouillion cubes I've ever tried are mostly too salty to actually use????

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            by chimene on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 01:02:25 AM PDT

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            •  Trader Joe's makes the best broth! (3+ / 0-)
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              They have little boxes with tiny foil pouches of concentrated chicken broth.  One pouch makes a cup of broth.  It has a roasted flavor and it doesn't taste salty.  I love it.  They have a turkey flavor out at holiday time. You can also buy jars of "Better than Bouillion" in a lot of flavors.  It's a concentrated paste (I get mine at Wegmans and other grocery chains.)   It has to be refrigerated once it's opened, but it's another really good product.  They have a ham flavor that I like for bean soups!

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              by musiclady on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 06:03:27 AM PDT

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            •  I think the kosher ones are (1+ / 0-)
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              lower in sodium than ordinary US ones ... the Telma cubes may not be, though.

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              by BlackSheep1 on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 12:45:07 PM PDT

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          •  Wait, wait... (0+ / 0-)

            Ike was Kansas, not Texas.

            Chicken broth cube are loaded with salt. Use at the peril of your heart.

            •  Oops, sorry. You're right about Ike. (0+ / 0-)

              Still wrong about the salty cubes.

              •  talking about the ones from Israel (0+ / 0-)

                the first ingredient actually isn't salt. Yes, Ike was born in Texas. :7)
                That gives us two actual Presidents from here: Eisenhower and LBJ, neither one a carpetbagging Kennebunkport native like the Bushes.

                LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

                by BlackSheep1 on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 06:08:54 PM PDT

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      •  we start with a whole bird of virtuous provenance, (1+ / 0-)
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        oven-roast it, eat of it hot, eat of it cold in slices on sammies or bits in salads,  boil up what's left, all the bones and skin and what it all roasted in, strip out the bones and gristle, add a bunch of whatever veggies and stuff we have, call it "soup" or "stew" and eat that and freeze portions for later.  Goes a looong way.  Endless variations.  Very small effort.

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        by claude on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 09:46:22 PM PDT

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