chicken soup (#10)
Did you know that homemade chicken soup is incredibly healing? Well, apparently it is great for the digestive system and of course also when you have a cold. I have to admit though that my chicken soup is not exactly the most delicious thing in the world. It is more like medicine for me, because I’m not exactly a fan of soup. Additionally I think there are some ingredients missing to make it really great, like soup noodles and leek, both of which I can’t eat at the moment. Well, for now this has to do anyway.
4 chicken legs
10 stalks of parsley
1/2 Tbsp salt
The soup is easy enough to make, but it takes a bit of time, 4 hours to be precise. First I boil the chicken with the parsley and the salt and later I add the carrots, depending on how mushy I want them. After 4 hours I pick the bones out of the soup – annoying work and every time I still miss bits of the spine or other small bones. Best to listen to some audiobooks while doing that or you’ll go mad. I also remove quite a bit of the fat that swims on top.
The good thing about the soup is that it seems to be helping me, else I wouldn’t waste my time on it. Some people love soup, but I prefer my food solid. However, apart from being good for my health the soup also means that I don’t have to cook a few more meals during the next week, because a big pot makes 5 portions. One portion I usually eat right away and the rest I freeze for later. Depending on how much water I use I can also keep some broth to use in a different soup. Sometime this week I will for example make a pumpkin soup with some homemade chicken broth. I haven’t done that before.
Chicken soup tips:
1. Apparently you are not supposed to cook soup when a storm is coming or it might go bad from the change in pressure.
2. Using chicken legs without the back piece makes for less work when picking the bones out – I tend to go with the cheaper option, which means more work.
3. You can roast the chicken skins as snack food. I usually don’t bother though and keep it in the soup.
4. It’s easier to remove the fat if you let the soup cool down first.