Monday, June 29, 2009

Chicken stock - questions for you!

I made up a big pot of chicken stock this weekend. Chicken carcass, smoked turkey bones, carrots, onion, garlic, rosemary, chiles = lots of delicious savory liquid -mmm mmm!
I have a question for you all....when you use a leftover carcass to make the stock, what do you do with the meat that remains afterward? I have heard that people give it to their dogs. I'm wondering- can't you eat it or does it taste bad or something? My doggie enjoyed it but I was a little bit jealous.

Another question- is there an easier way to sort through all the leftover meat without just feeling it all with your fingers to pick out the tiny bones? I don't mind using my hands but I imagine someone about to eat the leftover meat might find the sight kind of gross. hehe! Luckily, my dog doesn't mind. He is not discerning at all. The cat gave me a dirty look though.


  1. When I make stock, I usually don't have much meat left to begin with, since I usually pick it clean for the dog (yes, he is spoiled!). Then I drain it through a strainer, and pull out the larger chunks of veggies, for guess who? Yes, the dog! He doesn't mind me using my hands! I love homemade stock, I have some in the crockpot now. Enjoy!

  2. Hi Krys,
    Thanks for your comment! I'm glad to hear my dog is not the only one who is spoiled! :) I don't know why I bother feeding him good snacks since he would happily eat cardboard if I offered it to him. He's not picky!
    Have a great day!

  3. If there is enough meat leftover, I tend to use it (although I despise picking the meat out). It's been awhile but I usually use it with some of the broth and veggies to make soup.

  4. When I learned how to make stock in a food class at Cal Poly, my professor said by all means, use the cooked chicken. She suggested using it in an enchilada or soup or something. I just pull off the big hunks of chicken and don't bother with the bones.

  5. Thanks ladies - I will now not be scared to eat the leftover meat. Although Jake (doggie) might be sad if I don't share.