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Steam Juicing chicken bones and skins
July 2, 2013
2:08 pm
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So there’s a really good sale this week on bone in chicken breasts and I was going to take advantage of it. I thought I would buy a bunch and then I would go ahead and make them boneless skinless breasts…of course that leaves goody for making stock and broth…but I was thinking about using my steam juicer this time (then I won’t have to strain the broth to get the fats out)…and I wasn’t sure if it was possible to do that (or if it keeps the fats out)…so a few questions…

1. (and obviously) can this be done?

Assuming yes is the answer to that question – here are my next few.

 

2. If I want to make broth, I assume just bones and skins, right?

3. But if I wanted to make it stock, can I add some veggies to the pot to and steam those at the same time I steam the meat?

4. Do I include the skins in the steamer bowl? Or is that a bad idea? (I’ve only ever done making of broth stock with roasted chickens and turkey so the skin has always been part of the meal and I’ve never had any to use….so I wasn’t sure about it’s use.

5. How long do I steam it for to get the goodness?

 

I already know I’m crazy – all my non-canner friends tell me that, so I won’t even ask if this will make me that way…thanks for any help you can provide me.

 

July 2, 2013
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ABSOLUTELY you can do it!!!  I do it with skin and bones as you say, though I usually add at least a few leg quarters and any backs if I can find them.  I buy backs whenever I find em at a good price and freeze them till I’m ready to steam/can.  I don’t use that meat from the legs, because when it gets too overcooked it gets pasty so I kind of sacrifice a couple to make the stock richer.  I always throw in onions, carrots and celery, including or even especially the celery TOPS, lots more flavor there!  Alsoa whole bunch of parsley a few bay leaves and other herbs you like.

You can actually steam at least some of the whole breasts gently too and freeze them that way or at least enough for tonight’s supper!   lol  If you are cooking some to freeze, only leave them in there till they are JUST done enough to separate from the bones so be careful not to overdo!  I’m sure you won’t want to do all of them, but a few might be nice.

As far as how long, I steam till what’s coming out starts looking wimpy!  Totally do it by eye, but I bet you’ll do just fine. 

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July 2, 2013
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Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.

 

I just wasn’t sure how to make all of that work. Okay, I’m now officially going to be going for this tomorrow night.  Going to pick up the chicken tonight!

July 7, 2013
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Simply must add that if you are crazy, then you have now entered the loony bin!  Nothing at all odd about what you are doing in this crowd.   laugh

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