*This video was made when my website was called “The Reality Chef” instead of “Real Food Family”.
Every home, I repeat, every home should frequently have a pot of homemade chicken and vegetable soup brewing in the kitchen. Slowly made stocks are one of the leading traditional foods we can nourish ourselves with. Stock making, like many traditional food preparations, is becoming a lost art. Homemade soup stocks have been replaced by meat-mimicking monosodium glutamate and hydrolyzed vegetable protein soup mixes. It isn’t just a myth that good chicken soup will make you feel better. “Good broth will resurrect the dead,” says a South American proverb. When made properly- with all the bones and organs- a good meat stock is full of minerals and soothing gelatin. Soups can be a wonderfully filling meal, or sipped as hot drink throughout the day. It is also a great way to get kids to eat multiple vegetables- just chop them up into small pieces.
Gelatin was found to be useful in the treatment of a long list of diseases including peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice and cancer. Babies had fewer digestive problems when gelatin was added to their milk. The American researcher Francis Pottenger pointed out that as gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid, which means that it attracts and holds liquids, it facilitates digestion by attracting digestive juices to food in the gut. Even the epicures recognized that broth-based soup did more than please the taste buds. “Soup is a healthy, light, nourishing food” said Brillant-Savarin, “good for all of humanity; it pleases the stomach, stimulates the appetite and prepares the digestion.”
It’s so tasty, too! So why don’t you join the thousands of happy-pappy people, and… Make it!
Ingredients:2 tablespoons butter or olive oil 1 onion, sliced 1 whole chicken or 6-8 pieces of bone-in chicken parts (legs work well and are inexpensive), also include organ pieces if provided 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon of mixed dried herbs, such as Herbs de Provence Salt and Pepper 2 tablespoons vinegar (optional- to help break down gelatin) 2-4 cups of chopped vegetables, such as carrots, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. ¼ cup fresh herbs, such as basil or flat leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
Heat butter or oil in a large stockpot. Sauté onions for 5 minutes, until translucent. Add chicken and garlic, letting chicken brown a little. Add enough water to fill stockpot. Season generously with salt and pepper, and add dried herbs and vinegar (optional). Cover and let simmer for 3-6 hours. Remove any foam that forms on the top of your stock. Carefully remove chicken parts and separate bones and cartilage from meat. (You may cut large bones with sharp kitchen shears and add back to soup to continue simmering, extracting even more nourishing minerals from within the bones. Make sure to remove these bones before serving.) Add vegetables and fresh herbs and let simmer until vegetables are soft. Add meat back to soup. Season with salt and pepper, as needed, and serve.
Your soup/stock should keep in your refrigerator for up to a week. A good stock has a golden shimmer when warm, and forms into a solid gelatin when cold. You may wish to use this recipe to make a large batch of rich stock to store in your freezer. Simply make the recipe, saving the meat for other uses (like tacos, omelets, or sandwiches!). Mash or blend the finished soup with an immersion blender and strain into a large bowl. Let cool completely before transferring to freezer bags or containers. *Tip: store in multiple small containers for convenience.
This recipe can also be found in my book, “Real Food Family’s Complete Guide to REAL FOOD, A Meal Planning Cookbook.” Click here to purchase your copy!