Monday, September 10, 2007

Easy Homemade Broth

  • 100g chicken (you can add more chicken - you just need to track your portions)
  • parsley
  • onion powder
  • garlic
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • oregano
  • basil
  • bay leaf
  • salt
  • black pepper

    1. Fill saucepan 3/4 full with water.
    2. Bring to boil.
    3. Add chicken and seasonings.
    4. Boil for 20 mins.
    5. Remove boiled chicken & serve or refrigerate and save for later.
    6. Strain out bay leaf & seasonings.
    7. Let broth cool to room temperature.
    8. Skim fat off surface (if any).
    9. Refrigerate broth.
    10. Once cold, skim the rest of the fat from the top (if any).
    11. Store in refrigerator or freeze for later use.

    TIP: You can add on-protocol veggies such as 3-4 stalks celery (I usually add the trimmings that I don't eat) and 1 onion for more flavor - just be sure to strain them at the end. You can also choose to omit the chicken altogether and just use the celery and onion with the seasonings for a simple veggie broth. OR add your steak trimmings that you've inevitably had to trim from your steaks and add to the broth for a beef broth.

    TIP2: I usually freeze the broth in ice cube trays after cooling and skimming all fat. Then after they freeze, I place the cubes of broth in a freezer bag. This makes for easy use when 'frying' up shrimp, chicken, etc. Just toss a broth cube into a pan and let it melt then add your meat, etc. It adds flavor and keeps food from sticking.


    cbess said...

    The freezing in the ice cube is a great idea and I have used it so often, It helps take the temptation of spraying the pan with oil away

    Stacie said...

    How much of each seasoning do you use?

    Liz said...

    How much of each of the spices to you add? I am not much of a cook
    I just found your blog and love it!

    The Scribbler said...

    This is fantastic! I am on day 5 HCG and found this recipe and had to try it. I am not a cooking person, I hate to do it. This was easy and quick. Seriously, I might have to rethink this whole hating cooking thing now. Thanks!!

    Anonymous said...

    Liz, the more spices the more flavor...not really a huge deal...I would say for about 2 cups water I would add 1/2-1 tsp of each.

    Krystal said...

    This is the best idea I've seen yet, especially with the hcg diet's limited choices on foods. I never thought of making a "broth", it adds a lot of flavor to all the flavorless foods were stuck eating :)


    Anonymous said...

    How do you make Beff Broth?

    sportsminister said...

    Is it necessary to make your own broth or can I buy it? I am not adverse to cooking I was just wondering. I am on day 9 of the diet and have lost 20 pounds already! WOOHOOO