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Mama to Bee | May 31, 2018

Stockpile The Freezer

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Whether you are having your first, second, or fifth child, getting everything ready for when you return home with your bundle of joy is a big undertaking. And once you return home, things can be a little chaotic with Mom and Dad adjusting to all the new changes. The more you can do before bringing your baby bee home, the better you will be.

One of the best ways to help you get in order is by stockpiling the freezer with some simple meals, like soups, pasta sauces, and casseroles. This gives moms and dads more time to snuggle and enjoy their babies, instead of fretting over meals in the kitchen. From time to time we will be spotlighting different freezer stockpiling ideas to help you get ahead of the craze with a home cooked meal at your fingertips.

 

Stock Your Stock

Homemade chicken stock is so easy to make and makes such a big difference in homemade soups and recipes. Keeping it in the freezer is an easy kick-start to many recipes. Check out our favorite recipe for homemade stock below.

  • Ina Garten Home Made Stock
  • 3 (5-pound) roasting chickens
  • 3 large yellow onions, unpeeled and quartered
  • 6 carrots, unpeeled and halved crosswise
  • 4 celery stalks with leaves, cut into thirds crosswise
  • 4 parsnips, unpeeled and halved crosswise
  • 20 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 15 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 20 sprigs fresh dill
  • 1 head garlic, unpeeled and cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns (not ground)

 

Place the chickens, onions, carrots, celery, parsnips, parsley, thyme, dill, garlic, salt, and peppercorns in a 16- to 20-quart stockpot. Add 7 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 4 hours, skimming off any foam that comes to the top. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Strain the entire contents of the pot through a colander and discard the solids.

 

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