In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How long does homemade chicken stock last in the fridge?” methods to store and prepare chicken stock as well as the difference between chicken stock and chicken broth.
How long does homemade chicken stock last in the fridge?
Homemade chicken stock would last for 3-4 days if stored properly in the fridge. If you wish to lengthen the shelf-life of the chicken stock, store it in the freezer.
If there is fat present in the chicken stock, do not discard it. The fat present in the stock can help in extending the shelf-life of the stock. Store the chicken stock at a temperature below 40℉ in the fridge.
If you keep the chicken stock at room temperature for a long time, it would get spoilt quickly. This is because bacteria grow at a temperature between 40℉ and 140℉.
As a result, do not keep the chicken stock at room temperature for longer than 2 hours unless you plan on consuming the stock.
How to store chicken stock?
- After you have taken the amount of chicken stock that you require, immediately place it in the refrigerator to prevent it from spoiling.
- If you need to reuse the chicken stock, allow it to cool before you plan to reheat it. Also, avoid reheating repeatedly.
- Allow the stock to cool before you place it in the fridge.
- If you wish to prolong the chicken stock you can freeze them. Store the chicken stock in an airtight container. Label the chicken stock before you freeze them. This would provide you with an idea of which date you froze the chicken stock.
In the freezer, the chicken stock can last for 6-8 months.
- You can also freeze the chicken stock in ice trays. These cubes can be added to soups or other recipes.
- Avoid freezing chicken stock for a long time. If you freeze the chicken stock for a longer duration, the texture and flavor of the stock would alter.
What is the difference between chicken stock and chicken broth?
Chicken stock is thicker and is cooked for more than 4-5 hours. Chicken bones can also be used in the stock. The chicken broth on the other hand does not need to be cooked for a long time. It is usually cooked for lesser than 2 hours.
The chicken stock forms a gel when it is being cooked whereas the broth does not form a gel when cooked.
How to cook chicken stock?
- 1 whole chicken
- 5-6 quarts of water
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 small carrots
- 3 stalks of celery
- 1 onion
- 1 garlic bulb
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp thyme
- Portion the chicken into legs, thighs, back, wings, and breasts. Place the chicken in 5-6 quarts of water. Add salt to the water and mix well.
- Boil the water for at least 40 minutes and cook the chicken. Remove the foam that forms in the water. Add the chicken pieces to the broth in the pot.
- You can remove the meat of the chicken and use it for other recipes. Using meat for preparing the stock can spoil the texture of the stock.
- In a roasting pan, add carrots, onions, celery, and garlic. If you are using chicken bones, add them in here too. Add water to cover the veggies and bake them at a temperature of 400℉.
Bake till 35 minutes and you would observe the veggies as well as the bones turning into a golden brown color.
- While baking, keep looking whether the water has been drying up to prevent the pan or veggies from burning. Now transfer the veggies and bones to the stock present in the pot.
- In the roasting pan, add water to obtain the flavor of the veggies and bones. Put this water onto the pot and mix it well.
- Add thyme along with apple cider vinegar. Add some water to the pot and fill water at least 2 inches above the ingredients present in the chicken stock.
- Allow the water to boil. After the pot boils, simmer the water present in the pot by reducing heat for at least 7-8 hours or more. Increased time of simmering can increase the taste of the stock.
- Garnish the chicken stock with parsley.
- Allow the chicken stock to cool. After it cools, drain it. Remove the solid content present in the stock. If there are fats present, separate them and pour them into a container.
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In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How long does homemade chicken stock last in the fridge?” methods to store and prepare chicken stock as well as the difference between chicken stock and chicken broth.