Well I guess it’s pretty much officially fall. I know this not only because of the temperatures, which are getting oh so chilly, but also because we pulled out the crock-pot this weekend. Oh goodness gracious, what a depressing yet lovely sight. Lovely because of all the good things that will come out of it, but depressing because that means winter will pretty soon be rearing its ugly unwelcome head. Winter comes on so fast, just like summer leaves so fast. One day it’s 90 degrees and the next is 70 degrees. One day it is a pretty pleasant 50 degrees and the next is 30 degrees. Oh the weather of the northeast…
For our first of the season crock-pot dinner, all’s we did a simple whole chicken with veggies and then let the pot do it’s thing for 8 hours while we went out to surf (in icky conditions might I add). When we came back, the whole apartment smelled delicious and when I opened the lid, the chicken was just falling off the bones. With the juices, I made fresh broth which I’ll explain below. Here are the directions for the chicken and veggies first.
1- whole chicken
2- we added carrots, mushrooms, onion, and pepper for our vegetables, but use whatever you want. Slice them into thick chunks.
3- small amount of water or broth
4- herbs such as thyme or basil
5- salt and pepper to season the chicken
1- Make sure that nasty little bag of insides is removed from the bird. Then season the bird with the salt and pepper.
2- Add a small amount of broth or water, about an inch. The chicken will create a lot of juices on it’s own.
3- Add the veggies.
4- Set the pot on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
5- Go out then come home to a delicious meal. Once ready, remove all the chicken and vegetables (slowly and carefully because it will fall apart), but leave the bones in the crock-pot, along with the juices in order to make broth, if you want. See directions for broth below. If you do not want to make the broth, just discard the juices once cooled.
1- Add about 5 cups water to the crock-pot. Set the pot on high for 2 hours or low for 4.
2- Once the broth is done, let it cool completely then refrigerate it overnight. In the morning, skim the fat from the top of the broth and divide into bags to freeze. Now you have fresh broth without any of those awful additives.
Enjoy your meal!