May 5, 2010
Several people have told me they are not buying local whole chickens because they don’t know how to cut them up. Below is a 3 min. YouTube video which shows how to do this.
Occasionally I cut up a chicken, but usually chicken is cooked whole in the crock pot. (Four hours on high; 6-8 hours on low, depending on size). The chicken is done when the meat comes easily off the bones.
After removing the meat put the bones back into the crockpot to make bone broth. Bone broth is full of minerals and is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. If you don't want to make broth right away, freeze bones to make broth later.
To make bone broth in your crock pot:
- To the bones, add 2T of vinegar, I use raw apple cider vinegar. Remember the elementary experiment with eggs and vinegar? The vinegar helps to remove the calcium from the chicken bones making nutritious broth.
- Cover bones with water, filling at least 1/2 your crock with water.
- Turn crock on low for at least 8 hours and up to 48.
- Strain and freeze. I prefer pint size glass freezer jars but many people use 2 and 4 cup portions in ziplock bags.
- If you want to get fancy, you could add onions, carrots, celery and bay leaf or two for depth of flavor and more minerals but this is not necessary.
- Use bone broth in place of water when making rice, or in soup.
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