How Can I Make a Clear, Scum-Free Chicken Broth or Soup?

published Nov 9, 2012
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Q: Whenever I make chicken soup or need to put chicken of any kind into a soup, the broth gets scummy or has floaties in it from the chicken — help! I just want to make a beautiful clear soup with chicken in it!

Sent by Bethany

Editor: Bethany, this is a really normal effect when cooking chicken (or any kind of meat). Any foam can be skimmed off the top with a skimmer, or you can strain the broth through a cheesecloth if you want it super clear.

Readers, what are your best tips for making a clear, pristine chicken broth?

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