Don’t Have Enough Chicken Bones to Make Stock? Try This.

updated May 2, 2019
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Even though I stockpile chicken bones and vegetable scraps in a bag in my freezer, I never seem to make enough roast chicken to support my homemade stock habit. But this weekend a friend shared a tip for a budget-friendly way to make chicken stock whenever you want.

She discovered that our fancy neighborhood butcher shop sells chicken carcasses for $1.99 per pound. The shop’s whole chickens are locally-raised, pastured birds, so she gets high-quality, meaty carcasses without having to splurge on a whole chicken. (The shop doesn’t keep the carcasses in the case, so if you don’t see them at your local butcher shop, ask if there are any in the back.)

Since I gave up cheap chicken a couple years ago, whole roast chicken and rotisserie chicken don’t make as many appearances on my table, so I really love this budget-friendly solution.

Do you have any tips for making chicken stock?