In the winter months nothing is better than a nice warm bowl of comforting soup. Homemade chicken broth is a great base for a number of soups and we have the perfect recipe for you.
2 lbs (1 kg) chicken bones
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 stalks of celery with leaves, diced
2 large carrots, rinsed and diced
1 large onion, diced
1 stalk of leek, of which the white part, finely sliced
3 cloves of garlic
5 black peppercorns
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
½ bunch of fresh parsley
1 bay leaf
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Brown the bones on a tray lined with baking paper for about 30 minutes. Cover the bones in a braising pan with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water and let them simmer for 30 minutes. Boil the broth vigorously over high heat, then immediately reduce the temperature to a gentle simmer. Skim off any foam that may form. Add vegetables and herbs and simmer everything for at least 6 hours or up to 48 hours. Fill up with water so that the solid ingredients are always just covered. Pour the broth through a fine sieve lined with a cheesecloth, squeezing out the solid ingredients as best you can. To cool, place the drained broth in an ice bath for 2 hours. Use the broth as you wish – delicious!