Monday, March 17, 2008

Today on the homestead.

Today we're making things from things we already have around in the fridge.

You know that leftover Roast Chicken you have that you don't know what to do with? Make some chicken stock!

Here's how.

Put your chicken in a good sized pot. Cover it with water. Add a couple of carrots, a couple stalks of celery, an onion cut in half, and a couple cloves of garlic. I added a sprig of Thyme. Turn it on high to get it to a simmer and then turn it down to medium low and let it simmer for about half an hour. Don't boil it. We're not making chicken soup! We just want the flavor of the chicken. When it's simmered for about 30 minutes strain it through a siv or some cheese cloth to remove all the little bits. Let it cool to room temp and then you can freeze it for later to make soups or whatever else.

My kids love having croûtons in their salad. They pretty much prefer the croûtons to the salad.

Left over french bread can easily be made in to croutons. Just cut up the bread into bit sized pieces and put them in a bowl. Drizzle a little olive oil over them, and sprinkled them with salt, pepper and some garlic. Toss it all together. Spread them on a baking sheet and bake them at 350 until they are golden brown. Cool them off and store them in a ziplock bag. Ta-da!

Left over rice? Make rice pudding! Or put it in bread dough to make a heartier bread. Or mix it with some beans and salsa and make burritos.

Waste not:)
Remember this week is Holy Week. Start preparing for Easter!

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