Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stage 1 Chicken Soup

slow food: slow roast chicken dinner by ebbandflo_pomomama, on Flickr
slow food: slow roast chicken dinner
by ebbandflo_pomomama, on Flickr

I've decided that since I have been successful at "hiding" organ meats in the broth I use to make my turkey stuffing for years, that I'd try to "hide" some liver in this soup.

Thus I begin by making chicken liver cubes before starting the soup.

chicken liver cubes

  • 1 lb pastured chicken livers
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 pint chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 12 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Rinse livers. Add lemon juice and marinade in refrigerator overnight. This will temper the flavor.
  • Drain livers. Bring chicken broth to a boil in small saucepan. Add livers and onion; reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for about 10-15 minutes, until livers are tender.
  • Remove from heat and add garlic. Buzz with a stick blender until smooth, then portion into an ice cube tray and freeze.
  • When frozen, remove to a labeled ziplock bag for storage.

chicken soup

  • 2 1/2 quarts chicken broth, divided
  • 6 lb pastured chicken (including neck and giblets)
  • 3 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups cubed squash
  • 1 cup fresh parsley (or 1/4 cup dried)
  • Bring a pint of the broth to boil and then add to crockpot. Add chicken; cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours.
  • Let cool, then sort through and remove bones, placing broth, giblets, meat and skin in Vitamix. Blend until smooth.
  • Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, bring a quart of chicken broth to boil. Add carrots, onions, squash and parsley. Lower heat to simmer and cook until tender.
  • Buzz vegetables with stick blender until smooth.
  • Stir in meat/broth mixture, rest of the chicken broth and 1 chicken liver cube. Bring to boil and remove from heat.
10 servings

For each serving, stir in 1 TB whey and 1 tsp sauerkraut juice.

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