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Thursday, May 20, 2010

gooseberry patch giveaway and homemade chicken stock

I'm sooooooo excited!  Why?  Because Delightful Country Cookin' is being featured in a spotlight by my favorite company of all time - Gooseberry Patch!  I've mentioned them before here and here, but in case you missed it, just know that Gooseberry Patch makes the best cookbooks in the world...hands down.  It's such an honor to have them notice my site!

Click here to read their spotlight on Delightful Country Cookin'.

In honor of this wonderful occasion, Gooseberry Patch has donated a free cookbook for me to give away to a lucky reader!!! 


I'm giving away Dinners on a Dime, one of Gooseberry Patch's newest cookbooks (and one that I personally can't wait to own).  This cookbook contains over 200 hearty (and yet inexpensive) recipes, such as batter-topped chicken pie, honey wheat bread, do-it-yourself onion soup mix, Amish fried chicken coating, cider apple butter, and watermelon pickles!  There are chapters on slow cooker recipes and canning, and scattered throughout are also handy tips to make your cooking experiences a success.

There are two very simple ways that you can enter to win this contest.  First, visit Gooseberry Patch and then leave me a comment telling me which cookbook you most want to own and why.  Second, become a fan of Gooseberry Patch on facebook (and leave me a comment telling me that you did).  As soon as they reach 40,000 fans, they are giving away a free download of 25 of their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes...let's help them hurry up and get there! Winner will be announced next Friday, May 28.

To celebrate this cookbook giveaway, I'm going to share with you my own "dinner on a dime" tip - homemade chicken stock.

When a recipe calls for chicken broth or chicken stock, most of us go out and buy a box of Swanson.  But did you know it's cheaper...and healthier...to make it yourself?  And it's incredibly easy, especially if you use your slow cooker.


To start, you are going to need one of these beauties...


Yep, that's a chicken.  A whole chicken.

I'll admit, I'm a little grossed out by raw chicken.  Actually, I'm really grossed out by raw chickens.  I usually feign a sudden onset of weakness so that my husband has to be the one to take it out of the package, rinse it off, and put it in the pot.  I'm a baby like that.

For you, though, I touched the chicken.

Here, I used a 5 lb. chicken, but I normally use a 3-4 pound one. If you send your husband to pick one out in the store like I did, make sure you specify the weight you want.  Otherwise, your bird might not fit in your slow cooker...mine barely did.


Rinse off your bird, making sure that you check the inside.  Sometimes companies will put the giblets and other organs in there - you don't want those.  If you see them, discard them.

Once you've got your bird rinsed off and nestled inside your slow cooker, you add a few items for flavor - a few onions, a few carrots, a few celery sticks, a few sprigs of fresh parsley, about 2 teaspoons of salt, and 10-15 peppercorns.  (Be sure to chop your onions, carrots, and celery into large chunks to make them easy to remove later on.)  Why am I being so vague?  Well, because you don't really need to be exact.  These veggies and seasonings are for flavor, which means you just add what you have (and what you have room for) and don't worry about what doesn't go in.  In fact, you could even add other herbs like fresh thyme or basil.  That's the fun of it.


Arrange your extras over your bird...


...and then pour water over everything until it covers the chicken.  I managed to get about two quarts of water in my slow cooker (I did have a large chicken after all), but normally I add 3-4 quarts.  The amount doesn't really matter, though.  The more water, the more broth.  The less water, the more concentrated the flavor.  Either way it's a good thing. :-)


Cover and cook on high for about 6 hours (your broth needs to be at a rolling simmer for about 2 hours to ensure that the chicken is cooked).

By the way, your house will smell amazing.  I just wanted you to know.



When your chicken is done, first remove your chunks of vegetables with a slotted spoon.  You can either save these to eat at dinner or just discard them.


Then, still using the slotted spoon, remove your chicken and put in a separate dish.  The chicken should be so tender that it just falls apart.


All that liquid that's left over...well, that's your chicken stock!  Before you use it, you'll want to do a couple of things.  First, strain out the bits of peppercorn and chicken that may still be floating around.


Then, refrigerate your broth for several hours (preferably overnight).  When it cools, the fat will rise to the top, allowing you to skim it off later.


Just a tip - don't drop a big glob of fat on your kitchen floor right after you've mopped.  And then don't step in it...with bare feet.  Not that I have experience or anything...


After straining and skimming, your stock is ready for use.  You should have quite a bit of it!  I generally measure mine out into freezer bags and freeze for future use.  This stock is perfect for anything - soups, casseroles, etc., and you'll find that your budget thanks you.

Oh, what to do with all that chicken, you ask?  Well, use it!  Chicken that has been cooked this way makes the best chicken salad sandwiches, soups, enchiladas, casseroles, you name it!  It's incredibly tender and tasty.

Refrigerate your cooked chicken until it's cooled off to the point that it won't burn your fingers.  Don't refrigerate it so long that it gets cold...it's harder to bone at that point. Once it's cooled off, get out two bowls.  Put the yummy stuff (the meat) in one bowl and the gross stuff (skin, bones, etc.) in another.  It's as simple as that.

Yummy (eat this):


Gross (throw this stuff away):


Thanks for visiting Delightful Country Cookin' today, and make sure to enter for a chance to win a copy of Dinners on a Dime!  I heart Gooseberry Patch!

This post has been linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday , Tasty Tuesday, and Tuesdays at the Table  Foodie Friday and I'm Lovin' It!

57 comments:

  1. I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on fb. :) I love your blog.

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  2. Congratulations on being featured on the Gooseberry Patch Blog :)

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  3. The next Gooseberry Patch book I want is Farmers' Market Favorite Homegrown Recipes Cookbook for Garden Fresh Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Desserts & Snacks!

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  4. Oh and I'm a fan of Gooseberry on Facebook already. Love them gals!

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  5. Hey! I was stopping by from you being featured over at the Gooseberry Blog! Thought I'd enter your giveaway at the same time since I don't have that one yet. LOL!
    I'd also like to get the Slow Cooker Cookbook next. Though I love all of them.
    You have a very delightful blog!
    Blessings,
    Kim

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  6. Hi,

    I found your blog while reading comments on Mommy’s Kitchen blog. I too have made homemade broth with a crock pot as well as a stock pot; it depends on how much chicken I am using.

    In the past when chicken leg quarters would go on sale, for 29-cents per pound, I would make broth and store in 2-cup containers in the freezer. A 10-pound bag of leg quarters makes a large amount of broth.

    Currently we raise and butcher chickens so I have been making broth using a pressure cooker; a touch rooster becomes fork tender when cooked this way and the broth left in the pot is wonderful.

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  7. OH my - I just finished reading your wonderful interview and feature on Gooseberry Patch - It's great!! And you are such a sweetheart to mention me, I find YOUR blog very inspiring :)

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  8. Congrats on being Gooseberry Patch's featured blog this week! Like what I've seen so far. The next cookbooks I want are Dinners on a Dime and Summer in the Country.

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  9. I am already a fan of Gooseberry Patch on facebook. I can't wait for the chocolate chip cookie recipes release!

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  10. The cookbook I really want (was actually on my wedding registry) is Get-Togethers. But I'm sure I will like this one too!

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  11. Congrat on being featured on Gooseberry Patch! I have become a fan of them on facebook and the next book I so want to add to my collection is Summer in the Country. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to win this other book I would love to own. Also thanks for the simple break down of making chicken stock. I am so going to use this info!

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  12. I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch.

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  13. I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

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  14. I would like Country Baking, because I love to bake! Dinner on a Dime would be nice to win. We all need to count our pennies these days. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  15. yay!! I read it! They misspelled your name once, but I won't complain since they are featuring you!

    Your photos of the gnocchi turned out very well! And it is still very tasty. It might have actually made MORE than 12 servings of sauce. I really don't know. There's so much of it left! I'll make Ande sit down and check out your blog tonight!

    I love you!

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  16. I don't have any Gooseberry Patch cookbooks although I've looked at them before in the bookstore. The Dinners On A Dime cookbook sounds great!

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  17. Congratulations for being Gooseberry's Friday Feature. I would love to have the Mom's Favorite Recipes cookbook. Thanks for giving us a chance to win on your blog.

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  18. Oh...I forgot. I'm already a fan on FB of Gooseberry Patch. That's where I found out about your wonderful blog.

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  19. What a great post. I've read about people cooking whole chickens in the crock pot and I always forget to try it. It looks so easy!!!

    And what a fun giveaway!!

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  20. Would love to have the cookbook as I read and collect them...great post on the ck. broth.

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  21. Congrats, Kristin! Very excited for you! Oh, and great post — it made me laugh! And also I started smelling phantom chicken broth scent…

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  22. Hello! Thank you for visiting my Foodie Friday offering! I was delighted to see another 'delightsome' site. I have made homemade stock before, but not in the slow cooker! How terrific!
    Love your site -becoming a follower,
    God Bless,
    Kathy

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  23. I looked over the cookbooks and I think my two favorite are Sweet and Simple and Country Cookies... But honestly, they all look good!

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  24. I forgot to tell you I became a fan of Gooseberry Patch on facebook!

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  25. I love gooseberry patch! Every year I anticipate the christmas books with eager hands!!
    I'm here from tidymom, you can come visit me too if you get the chance:
    http://jennoreilly.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/its-giveaway-time/

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  26. I went over to Gooseberry Patch...they have many wonderful books!!!

    I'd love the canning and preserving one. I'm to that stage where I need to know how to save all that wonderful produce from my garden.

    Thanks for hosting such a fabulous give-away.

    Love your blog.

    Rachel

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  27. I love the family favorites!

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  28. Congrats! I am a fan of Gooseberry patch on Face book. It is hard to decide which cookbook I would want to own but the Crock Pot Cooking and Quick and Easy caught my eye.

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  29. Heather H :) :) :)May 22, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    I'm already a fan on Gooseberry Patch's site on Facebook :) :) I would love to win "Dinners on a Dime" My dad and I are both looking for jobs right now..and even if we weren't I"m always up for learnings tips on how to make yummy dinners for very little money :) :)

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  30. Me, Me, Me, I follow you with delight and Gooseberry Patch on FB. I'm a cookbook fanatic so this giveaway ("Dinners on a Dime") is right up my alley lol.

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688090506

    My email poetrycherie@gmail.com

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  31. How did you know I needed some new recipes for my new slow cooker!!! Thanks for this! Thanks for visiting too-great to "meet' you!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  32. Probably the slow cooker one, because we never use ours. (I love reading your blog!)

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  33. I am a Gooseberry Facebook fan.

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  34. I am so going to make this chicken broth today.

    Anyway the cookbook I would love to own is the 101 Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook. I choose that one because I have a brand new crock pot and have only made one thing in it so far.

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  35. Dinners on a Dime sounds like a good one for me! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  36. What planet have I been on?! I didn't know about Gooseberry cookbooks! I would love so many of them - mostly though, the Farmer's Market or the Comfort books.

    Deborah in North Carolina

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  37. I am now a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!

    Deborah in North Carolina

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  38. What a yummy looking recipe and awesome giveaway. I LOVE gooseberry patch! Country Quick and Easy and Dinners on a Dime and 2 that top my want list, but honestly I would love to have any I don't already own :)

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  39. Just "found" you through the Gooseberry Patch site. I am a kindergarten teacher about to finish year #30! I like to use my summer to try out new recipes that I can use during the busy school year....can't wait to try out some of yours! Thanks!

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  40. "Almost Homemade" looks like it would be a great addition to my GP cookbooks. I already belong to GP on Facebook and their "Circle of Friends" which I have the icon on my blog as well. Come visit me at my blog http://grannystasties2.blogspot.com/ where I spot-lighted GP. I like the idea of all the goodies you use to make your chicken stock. This is a staple for me to keep in my freezer.

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  41. I am already a (great) fan of GOOSEBERRY PATCH!! Summer (summerleighwilliams@yahoo.com)

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  42. HI. Congrats on your feature in Gooseberry Patch. I have been an avid fan for years. I own several cookbooks - especially the Christmas craft/cook books. I couldn't wait to get the catalog in the mail and look it over and over and over. They are wonderful for dreaming and ideas, too. Actually, I just found out about the DINNERS ON A DIME cookbook and look forward to owning it. My husband and I have recently been on a much stricter budget - we have a 7 month old daughter, were transferred to a different state and I quit my nursing career to be able to be a stay at home mom. So, dinners on a dime would be a wonderful addition to my kitchen! Summer (summerleighwilliams@yahoo.com)

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  43. I love GBP. I am a fan on Facebook. I have about 70 of their cookbooks. I want to get the new Quick and Easy Family Favorites. Congrats!

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  44. I would love to have the Made from Scratch cookbook. I make so many things already, but I'd love an entire cookbook devoted to doing so.

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  45. I became a fan. I also got to download their macaroni and cheese recipes. How fun!!!

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  46. Thanks for inviting me to enter! I am torn between the Farmer's Market and Kids cookbooks.

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  47. I would love that farmers market cookbook.

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  48. I would love dinner on a dime--It is actually on my wish list

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  49. I've been a fan of Gooseberry Patch for quite some time! I would love to own a copy of Dinners on a Dime.
    Love your blog also! Keep up the good work! God Bless!

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  50. I've been admiring the Coming Home cookbook for a long time. The cover is so beautiful and inviting that it makes me really want it!

    I'm already a fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB.

    Danielle (mdmorales@msn.com)

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  51. Dinners on a Dime!! Congrats!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!

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  52. I like the summertime one, a lot of them look good though! thanks!

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  53. I'm a fan now. Eagerly awaiting the ephemeral cookbook.

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  54. I'm already a fan of Gooseberry Patch :) :) :) I'm not sure if I've entered your cookbook giveaway or not. I would want the Dinners on a Dime cookbook. I have a champagne taste but living on a soda pop can type of budget :) :)..hee hee hee LOL I'm always interested in good recipes that are inexpensive :) Have an awesome day :) :)

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  55. PLEASE say I'm not too late to enter :)

    Your blog is terrific...I'm drooling over that blueberry pie! Congratulations on your GBP Feature :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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