One of my favorite things about winter is the crackling fire in the wood stove! I love to layer the top of the stove with bubbling soups and stock along with the busy whistle of the tea kettle. I use to boil down stock in my standard stock pot until a few months ago when Bryan bought me my new 24 Quart stock pot!! Yes ladies and gentlemen... that's 6 gallons!! I always save chicken and turkey bones in a large freezer bag to make one large batch of stock. Then on a good cold day when the wood stove is roaring, I fill my new stock pot with those dinner remnants along with a few onions, carrots and celery sticks and let the fire do the rest! I usually let the stock rumble all day and into the night then strain out the liquids and let it condense down even more. But hold your britches and don't toss out those bones just yet...there's definitely still meat on them to pull off and save! Perfect for barbecue chicken sandwiches or chicken lettuce wraps!
Not only do we benefit from the ridiculously good chicken stock for our soups and stews, but wow does the house smell good that day!!!