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Made a roast this weekend? Stop: don't throw out the bones!

 

I was absolutely spoilt this weekend because my brother Andy made our family a beautiful roast chicken. Our favourite family recipe is Jamie Oliver's stuffed chook which you can check out here. Because the chook is stuffed with amazing ingredients, a gravy naturally pours out with all the juices which means you get a really clean (flour-free) sauce straight out of the one pan. Deeelicious!

But afterwards, when my brother went to put the bones in the bin, I realised that many people are actually missing out on (what I think is) the best bit of a roast - the bones for soup. 

Save those bones!

So clearly I yelled out 'save those bones' and rescued the chicken carcass to make soup. Can I just tell you that there is nothing as good as hot chicken soup on a Sunday night!? We've all heard it before but it's definitely true - chicken soup is food for the soul. 

So how do I make it? 

If it's chicken soup, like I made tonight, and I'm short on time, I heat up the pressure cooker* (I swear by the Breville Fast Slow Cooker) using the sautee setting and lightly brown a brown onion, a leek, celery, some mushrooms and carrots. I cook them for 10 minutes whilst I boil up a litre of water in the jug. Once that's done I pour in the water and add the chicken carcass. I then add in some salt and pepper (I use Herbamare which is pure sea salt infused with certified organic garden-fresh herbs and vegetables) and turn on the pressure cooker setting. Tonight I only cooked the soup for 30 minutes and by the time I lifted the lid the tiny amount of chicken still left on the bones had melted off the carcass and I had the most delicious chicken soup. It was so good I had to blog about it!

*If you don't have a pressure cooker you can just use a big pot but it'll take a couple of hours. If you've made a beef or lamb roast you may need to use a big pot unless you have a massive pressure cooker. 

The benefits? 

Nutritional goodness. Simple, hearty, yummy nutrients straight from the bone and vegetables into the tummy. I feel healthier already! What a way to end a big weekend. 

Do you make bone broth? What's your favourite soup recipe? 

 

 

 

 

 

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