Friday, November 15, 2013

Homemade Chicken Soup without the MSG - Works for Turkey Soup Too!

It is very easy to make Home Made Chicken Soup.

The past few years, we have been very into making soups.   Often times, you will find rotisserie chickens stores for very inexpensive.    BJs, Costco and others have these Chickens for $4.99 US.  You couldn't buy a chicken and make it yourself for that price.   So, I usually buy a couple of chickens already cooked and...

  • Have a Chicken Meal
  • Have left over Chicken for other meals
  • And make Homemade Chicken Soup...
It is easy to do, and I will show you how!   My video on how to make chicken soup is here:

  • Soup Greens from the Store,  cut up like I have it in the video
    • Usually comes with Carrots, Celery, Onion, Parsnip, Turnip, Leek, Dill, Parsley, Thyme.
  • Two Cooked Rotisserie Chickens from the store
  • Minced Garlic
  • Water
  • Salt to taste

Debone the Chickens.  Put all of the bones and any skin you don't want into a pot.

Cover the bones in the pot with water, cover the pot with a lid and simmer for about two hours.

Chop up the veggies and herbs, and set them aside.

Cube some of the chicken for the soup.   Make the pieces the size you would like your soup.  You can see how I cut up mine my video, as well as how the veggies are cut up.

After the chicken soup has been simmering for a few hours, I transferred the chicken broth out by pouring into another container and straining out the bones and other parts with a colander .

Next, I let the broth sit a little while and let the fat rise to the top.   Using a ladle, I remove the fat.  You can see this in the video, too.    If I am making turkey soup, I let this sit over night in the refrigerator (after cooling of course) and the fat rises to the top.  

After removing the fat, I discard the bones, return the broth to the pot.

Then, I add the veggies and chicken and simmer for about an hour.    I may add some water, depending on how intense the flavor is of the broth.

Finally, I serve the soup, usually with some nice Italian bread and butter.

It takes a little time to make, but it sure is worth it.    I believe this to be far superior to any soup you can buy in the store.   If caning, I reserve the carrots for the jars.   They will cook in the jars, while pressure canning for an hour and a half...   They may get too mushy if you cook them in the soup for an hour and then pressure can them for an hour and a half...    Please refer to a good book on caning, so that you follow safe preserving practices.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and method on how to make your own homemade chicken soup, made without MSG.   That is something you can feel really good about, being able to serve your family soup you made yourself in a wholesome way that has no MSG.    

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