How Can I Salvage Bland Chicken Stock?
Q: I made some bland chicken stock for a pet to try, to encourage him to drink more, but he didn’t end up liking it. I made the stock in a slow cooker and used a whole chicken, some carrots, sage, and basil, based on a recipe for pet broth that I found.
I couldn’t use onions or anything in the initial making, but since he won’t eat it I have 2.5 quarts of pretty bland stock. I used a quality organic chicken so I don’t want to just toss it if it’s still salvageable. How can I add flavor to my stock after the fact? Any ideas are welcome!
Sent by Carolyn
Editor: I’m glad you didn’t toss the stock because you can definitely still use it. While your stock might not have a robust flavor, it’s certainly more flavorful than water. Try using it to cook a batch a grains or as part of a braise. If you want to use it for soup, create a flavorful base by sautéing onion, garlic, and a generous pinch of your desired spice in olive oil until fragrant. Add the stock and let it simmer to pick up the flavors in the base.
Kitchn readers, how would you make the most of a bland batch of chicken stock?