Rooster Stock Recipe
Tara Carpenter, NC.
Nutritional guidance for people healing with The Body Ecology Diet.
Originally published on September 19, 2019.
Rooster stock, like any meat stock, is mineral-rich to strengthen immunity and support digestion. Stock also contains collagen to strengthen and keep tendons, joints, ligaments, bone, hair, and skin supple. The collagen in stock is traditionally known to heal the gut lining in order to relieve heartburn, GERD, and intestinal inflammation.
Growing up, there was always a pot of soup simmering on our stove’s back burner; a whole chicken, onions, carrots, celery, herbs, garlic, bay leaves, then the whole thing would get topped off with cold water. My bedroom, which sat over the kitchen would be consumed in rich smells wafting up through my floorboards.
Now, I am a mom myself and make meat stock once or twice a week depending what meat-on-bone I have on hand. As a family of four, we go through stock fastest in the winter as I serve a mug of hot stock with near every meal under sun throughout the colder months. I will often scramble in a couple poached eggs, fresh dill, and pinch of sea salt for a quick meal.
You can find my writing of “benefits of stock” here.
This year we had more roosters in our flock then we could manage. Mainly, they were beginning to cause problems and after unsuccessfully trying to rehome them, my husband was called to slaughter as the rest of us gutted and de-feathered them one-by-one until done. I took two home to make stock which I turned into the recipe below for public sharing.
Rooster Stock Recipe
Makes: about 4 quarts
- 4-8 lb. whole, pastured rooster with head and feet attached if possible, plucked and gutted (or equivalent weight in bony parts using only neck, back, breastbone, wings, joints).
- Gizzards from one rooster (optional)
- 2-4 rooster feet, scalded in boiling water and peeled, chop off nails if long and dirty (optional)
- 6-12 eggshells, cleaned (optional)
- 4-8 quarts cold filtered water
- 2-3 Tbs. acid (i.e., raw apple cider vinegar, lemon) *
- 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
- 3 large carrots, chopped
- 4 celery stalks and handful of leaves, chopped
- 1 bunch parsley
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1-inch fresh ginger
Remove gizzards from cavity as well as the wings and neck – If bird head is intact, keep it there – all the better for stock.
Place rooster or bones in a stainless steel/ceramic pot with all but parsley, garlic, and ginger and allow to stand for 30-60 minutes.
Bring to a slow, gentle boil – removing any scum that rises to the surface (Chinese specialty stores sell a great fine skimming spoon!); reduce heat, cover, and simmer DON’T BOIL for about 4 hours.
Remove whole rooster from pot onto large plate and let cool to handle. Separate meat from bones. Skin, cartilage and strips of rubbery meat can go to dogs, etc. The meat will slip off bones easily. I set meat aside to make a stew with and put rest in fridge for sandwich meat and cooked dishes (if using bones only, skip this step and leave everything to simmer 6-24 hrs.).
Place bones and legs back into pot, which is still on low flame heat, add sea salt to taste, put lid on, and simmer another 4-20 hrs.**
Add parsley, garlic, and ginger in final half hour for flavor and minerals.
Strain stock into wide-mouth glass Mason jars that do not have cracks in them! I place jars on a kitchen towel laid inside a bowl – before filling – in case one has a hairline fracture. Can also pour into another pot. Either way, cool slightly before placing in fridge. A layer of fat will coagulate to top and harden as stock gets cold***. Stored this way, stock keeps longer.
Screw on a fitting lid when inside of jar is completely cool otherwise moisture can rise above fat and cause mold. I like to open these jars the day after I close them in order to dry off inner top lids with a paper towel.
Store in fridge up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.
- Ideally, keep head on as adds nutrients to the pot of stock.
- Roosters are known to be more tough especially as they mature past 12 weeks or so of age. Basically the older the rooster the tighter the muscle fibers in meat. By letting the whole dressed rooster sit and age in fridge, allows the muscle fibers to relax and tenderize. To “age bird”, cover loosely with wax paper (not plastic wrap as needs to breathe) and place in fridge 2-7 days before cooking.
- Rooster feet are gelatin-rich and worth effort to source. Purchase from local butcher, farmer, or at freerangechicken.com. I use 2 feet per gallon of water. If you have extra rooster feet, wrap in freezer paper and place in a Ziploc bag big enough to fit them and freeze.
- Substitute another meat on-bone for rooster (i.e., lamb, deer, beef) …. note that beef bones are dense and may cook up to 72 hours.
*Soaking bones in an acid prior to cooking leeches more valuable minerals (calcium, phosphorous, sulphur) from the bones and puts them into your stock which eventually gets into your body and will be a more mineral-rich version 🙂
**Cook 6-8 hrs. only if you are in the beginning stages of healing your digestion with stage 1 of B.E.D. As digestion improves, you can cook bones longer without worrying about irritating your gut. Keep in mind that stock cooked longer than 24 hours can acquire an “off taste” (unless using dense bones as you find with cows).
***Fat that rises to the top acts as a preservative for the stock below. I leave this layer alone until I am ready to use the stock because the fat helps seal out incoming bacteria from the air. When ready to use, I cut a pie slice into the fat and dip in with a long-handled ladle. You can also pour it out. If you have a hard time digesting fat then skim off the very top layer (not all the way down, otherwise you will get moisture liquid caught up in the fact and more likely to mold in fridge – won’t store as long. Place this in a small glass jar to use in small amounts for sauteing vegetables, etc.
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May all bellies be happy!