I definitely did not have my kitchen mojo last Saturday. My first attempt at making chicken stock was a failure. Against all the advice I spout, I didn’t have all my ingredients at the ready before I started cooking. So when the recipe called for 3 quarts of boiling water, I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t read ahead and start boiling the water while the bones were “cooking”. When I realized my mistake, I compounded it by boiling 6 quarts of water instead of 3 (I am still not sure what led me to this momentously stupid lapse). Needless to say, the stock came out watered down and was pretty much unusable. After that, I decided to take the rest of Saturday off and try again on Sunday.
Luckily on Sunday, like Austin Powers, I got my mojo back! I went to the Dupont Circle Farmers market and got some more chicken parts, determined to persevere in the face of adversity (and by adversity I mean my own stupidity). Call it getting back on the kitchen horse after falling flat on my face.
I don’t eat nearly enough chicken to accumulate four pounds worth of bones, so I asked the advice of Eco Friendly Foods at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market. She suggested I use chicken wings and chicken necks, both of which have little meat and are primarily bones. Plus, the wings apparently give off a lot more flavor. When I got home, I set everything out that I would need, including pouring 3 (and only 3) quarts of water into a pot. And this time I closely followed the recipe…well, I did throw in some of the greens from the top of some carrots I also picked up at the market.
Even though I followed the recipe, when the stock was finished simmering, it didn’t look at all like a good, quality stock. It smelled fantastic, but it was light in color…so I started to fret. I had plans for this stock, so I couldn’t fail. My confidence already shaken from Saturday, I considered my options while the stock sat in the refrigerator (as the recipe called for). A few hours later, I went into the refrigerator for some water and was pleasantly surprised to see a rich colored liquid where murkiness had been previously. Yes ladies and gentlemen, the stock had actually turned into stock! And I can definitely say homemade stock beats store bought ANY DAY!