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Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by d1m2, Nov 16, 2015.
How to make the best chicken soup ever?
Well first you need an egg.
Lots of ways to take this.
What have you liked best in the past?
Are you willing to make your own stock? Can you debone a chicken? If not are you willing to learn?
It's all about the quality of the chicken.
Slow poach a whole chicken.
Don't forget to remove the feathers. They tickle your nose. the best chicken soup I ever ate was grandma's. As I recall she went to a kosher butcher(?), put it in a big pot on the stove (cut up), added water to cover and seasonings of choice, adding veggies (carrots, onions, celery) and simmered on the stove top for several hours until almost fall off the bone. Remove the skin and bones and cut into bite-sized pieces. If you like, use a defatting cup to save the schmaltz to fry potatoes etc. I like the addition of dill and a squeeze of lemon juice.
In the meantime, make your matzo balls or big fat slippery noodles. Add them to your soup about 20-30 minutes before the soup is done. It's more of a go by mouth-feel and taste dish.
The shrink wrapped chickens at most grocery stores are sorely lacking in flavor.
These are bred to grow fast so of course have almost no taste.
Find a stand alone meat market with free range birds.
Why not the supermarket free range?
Because the mom and pop places have to stand on their rep..... once that goes so goes the store.
If they have a few chicken feet hanging around buy a few of those as well... lots of added flavor.
Take the bird home and rinse the heck out of it as there will always be some leftover bits of offal stuck to the ribs (and liver in the stock is NASTY) then plop the entire bird in a largish pot and add enuf water to cover.
You will need to flavor this water so clean a few onions, carrots,celery and rough chop and add to pot (these will be discarded so don't waste your energy trying for perfect).
Cover and bring to boil and then simmer until the bird falls apart and the veggies have given up all flavor.
No salt just yet as when this is reduced later you may end up with a salt lick.
I like for the above to sit for a day in the fridge (tastes better IMO) so I pour it off in a big SS bowl, allow to cool for a bit and then cover and find room in the fridge for an overnite rest.
That is how I start.
Anyone want to take the next step?
Forgot the herbs....
Tye up a small grab of parsley, bay leaves and thyme then toss into the mix with the veg.
You may want to add other fresh herbs but this is what I like at this point.
On the subject of Kosher chickens, I have always had the best luck with flavor from these over any other chicken I have ever worked with.
The flavor is far and above anything that sells in the other meat counters.
Do you think it has anything to do with the bleeding technique?
I think it has to do with the salting. They're essentially dry brined.
Wanted to mention, I watched Martha s on pbs this past weekend making chicken soup, etc.as mentioned, the onions, carrots, celery was strained halfway through cooking into the broth and then discarded. Yikes. I get the reason why - to infuse the broth with flavor. Later same fresh veggies were added to the broth again. Interesting.
Sorry. Don,t know where my long post reply went.
Sure....you're basically making a chicken stock, then turning it into the soup.
The veg have given all they can and are mushy to boot /img/vbsmilies/smilies/crying.gif.
If you like you can cut fresh (pretty!) veg and add those in then simmer until tender.
My 2nd husband (the farmer ;-) came from a huge Czech family and the oldsters took turns making homemade stock and thin egg noodles for the family reunion (always held during the cold/wet months when you couldn't get into the fields to do anything).
A stockpot full of a clear, delicate and so flavorful chicken broth with nothing but a bit of parsley floating for color alongside a dish of thinthinthin egg noodles.
Serve yourself some noodles (Is that all you are going to take? You peck like a bird ! ) then ladle in the steaming broth to warm them up.
Tried to get custody of that noodle recipe but it was a no go.
However as Gma K had taught me her kolache recipe and they couldn't dig it from my brain I got to keep it /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif.
Good times good food good beer!
This is the way I grew up. My Mom would 1/2 simmer/boil a whole chicken and serve that broth with a bowl of cold egg noodles to cool the broth. She would take the 1/2 cooked chicken and roast it for the dinner. I think this was a way to fill us up with the broth and noodles to stretch the chicken dinner to feed 5 people. GGGEEZZZZ those Czech's didn't waste anything.....
I like buying whole chickens as it is easy to get several dinners for the two of us out of one bird. And bits that go in the freezer until there is enough for stock.
Boneless, skinless breasts are to chicken what Velveeta is to cheese.
quote name="ChefBillyB ... GGGEEZZZZ those Czech's didn't waste anything.....
Neither did the Hungarians. My Grandma probably would not have thrown away good cooked food. Maybe I missed a step. What do I know. I was probably still learning to find my nose and tie my shoes. Ha!
I will take the chicken breasts, but you can keep the Velveeta.