My family was sick for what seemed like forever. I needed to get them well and there are many natural ways to boost your immune system. I had already made 3 ingredient slow cooker chicken and used that for my favorite home made chicken noodle soup. I had saved the bones and what little chicken broth was left in the crock pot after cooking the crock pot whole chicken. I wanted to make immune boosting chicken stock. I had been reading how good it is for keeping you healthy.
Homemade chicken stock is so good for boosting your immune system
I hadn’t found just the right recipe I wanted to use yet, and upon more research it seemed a consensus that the most beneficial healing stock was made from chicken feet! Gross! Actually, I’m way less squeemish than I used to be and it makes sense to me. The feet have more marrow and gelatin in them than the rest of the chicken bones, hence more natural health benefits. I do like to use every part of an animal, and waste as little as possible, so I’m glad to find something I thought useless, does have a good use! I had recently noticed some at my local health food store, so I added them to my list.
Never would I have thought I’d ever, in my whole life, ever, cook chicken feet!
Looking at my sick-again daughter, it had to be done. We’ve been eating healthier than ever since going gluten-free, but still can’t shake this cold, so if this was the best chance of all us getting and staying well, I’m in. I know my grandparents ate it! They had to kill their own chickens, at least I don’t have to do that.
I picked up a pound of organic chicken feet from the health food store butcher, gathered the rest of my ingredients while there, came home and got to prepping.
Turns out I only needed 5 or 6 chicken feet, so I have enough to save for my next batch. I chopped the vegetables, boiled those feet, and cut the toes off without a flinch. I truly am no longer squeemish! I used to hate cooking meat. I didn’t want to touch it at all and back then this would have made me gag.
It didn’t take long to prep: Boil, clip toes, chop veggies, throw in pot, cover with water. All the ingredients are simmering on low in my crockpot as we speak. They’ve been simmering for a day and should be ready in the morning, my recipe said 36 hours! The longer the better. I’ll let you know how it tastes and if I notice any health benefits. If we like it enough, I’ll share the recipe as well.
Recipe for Chicken Stock
- Bones of 1 or more chickens
- 5 or so chicken feet (optional)
- 2 tbs organic raw apple cider vinegar
- 4 carrots
- 4 celery stalks
- 1 onion
- 1 tsp pepper
- Boil the chicken feet for 5 minutes then clip the toes off at the first knuckle with kitchen sheers.
- Cut vegetables into large chunks and add to Crock Pot.
- Fill the crock pot almost to the top with water and add vinegar.
- Allow to soak for at least 1 hour.
- Turn crock pot on low for 24-36 hours.
- Transfer to jars, lid and refrigerate until cool.
- Use or freeze if desired.
Update: Well, I jarred some chicken stock and used some for chicken soup. The stock has a stronger flavor than the chicken broth I am used to. It might take some getting used to, but it’s still good. Many prefer this flavor. The portion I stored in a jar in the refrigerator separated and a layer of fat formed on the top as it cooled. This layer will keep bacteria from getting in and keep the stock fresh for longer.
I used it in everything! Almost any recipe that called for water, I replaced some of the liquid with this immune boosting chicken broth. It was thick, but once heated was a liquid again. My recipes have never been so flavorful and full of nutrition!