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Whole Chicken Part 2: Homemade Chicken Broth

This is part 2 of my 4 part series on how to use a whole chicken.

In part 1 I discussed how to cook a whole chicken in the crock pot.

In part 2 I will discuss how to make homemade chicken broth from the leftover bones and skin.

Part 3 will discuss how to make homemade chicken soup from the chicken broth.

Part 4 will discuss the health benefits of homemade chicken broth.

Step 1: After you have removed the meat from the bones, add the bones, skin, and whatever other junk you didn’t want back into the crock pot.  Add about 6 cups of water or until everything is covered.  You can also add some vegetables such as carrots.  Google first what you can and can’t add. I know I definitely saw not to add broccoli, unless you want your house to smell like stinky socks of course.

Step 2: Cook on low for 8 to 12 hours.  Strain your chicken broth using a strainer or colander (you can also line it with a cheesecloth but that is not necessary.

Step 3: Pour into containers and let cool overnight in the refrigerator.  After cooling, there should be a layer of fat at the top of the chicken broth.  Use a spoon to scope this off (you can always save the fat to use in the place of bacon grease or other cooking fats).  The broth will be like a brown jello material – much different from the stuff you buy at the store.

I read a tip before that you could freeze the chicken broth in individual serving sizes by freezing in a muffin pan and then once frozen storing in a ziplock bag.  My chicken broth gets used immediately to make chicken soup.

You can use chicken broth in cooking rice to replace the water or to cook soup.  If you join me for part 3, I will share how to make my delicious chicken soup.

Blessings,

Amber

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Why I decided to work outside the home

I should start this post by saying that I loved being a homemaker.  In the same way that my husband finds satisfaction from his career as a police officer and is made for that position, I was made to be a homemaker.  I love everything about homemaking.  When I decided to accept my job offer, it was painful. I’m still doing a lot of the same things at home, but I’m not able to do everything that I once enjoyed doing.

My husband also enjoyed me staying home and taking care of him very much as well – but we both discussed and decided that me taking on a job would help us to get our finances under control.

Without further ado, here are the big reasons why I decided to work outside the home:

  1. In college, both my husband and I made the mistake of getting credit cards.  We had paid off a few last year but life happened and we used the cards again.  We both feel very strongly about wanting to live a debt free life and we feel burdened by the debt we owe.  My husband makes good money and works extra hours to bring even more in, but I want to help take the weight off of his shoulders and take responsibility for the mistakes I made.
  2. Last year I got really sick during my second miscarriage and was in the hospital for a week.  My husband also did physical therapy treatments for knee pain and we therefore have a lot of medical bills to pay.  First and foremost I want to pay off this debt that we owe but I also want to save money for future emergencies.  We relied on those credit cards that we paid off during this time instead of having an emergency savings fund to use.
  3. The other debt that we have are student loans from college.  I don’t imagine that we will be able to pay this off during the time frame that I’m planning to work, but I hope that by paying off our credit cards and medical bills we will be able to apply that money every month to paying down our student loans.
  4. We have 2 animals that are both getting older every day and their medical bills are getting more and more expensive.  We don’t want to be in the position where we can’t take care of our babies.
  5. We want to become financially secure for starting a family.  We want to raise children that learn the importance of living with less, trusting in God to provide, and being good stewards of money and resources.  I also want to be able to stay home with my children and homeschool them – it would break my heart if I had to take a job outside of the home because of debt.
  6. We want to be able to give tithe and when we are completely debt free we can be even more generous with our money.

While working outside of the home is a struggle for me and I miss being able to stay home, I have to remind myself of these goals daily and remember that this is just a season of life that I will get through and before I know it, I’ll be back to doing what I love doing.

What about you – have you experienced a season of life where you had to do something that you didn’t enjoy doing?  How did you get through it?  I would love to hear your stories and tips.

Blessings,

Amber

Linking up with Courtney at womenlivingwell.org