James Carrier
Yield
Makes about 3 quarts

Notes:If you're using large chicken pieces or a whole chicken, chop into smaller pieces with a cleaver.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a 6- to 8-quart pan over medium-high heat, combine chicken, onion, carrot, celery, parsley, peppercorns (if using), bay leaf, and thyme. Add cold water just to cover. Bring to a simmer, then lower heat to maintain simmer and cook, occasionally skimming and discarding foam from surface, until liquid is golden and has a deep chicken flavor, about 2 hours. Do not allow broth to boil; the surface should barely be disturbed by small bubbles.

Step 2

If a layer of fat forms on the surface, skim off and discard. If liquid drops below level of chicken and vegetables, add more cold water just to cover.

Step 3

Place a fine strainer over a large bowl nested in ice water in the sink. Ladle or carefully pour broth through strainer. Allow liquid to drip from solids, but do not press to extract more; discard solids. Stir broth occasionally until cool, 10 to 20 minutes; cover and chill until broth is cold and any fat on surface is firm, at least 6 hours, or up to 1 day.

Step 4

With a spoon, skim fat from surface of broth and discard. Cover broth and chill up to 4 days, or pour into jars or ice cube trays and freeze up to 3 months.

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