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  • How to make a flavorful stock from scratch

    Hi everybody. I want to start making my own stocks from scratch. Is this easy to do and what is the best way to make a stock that will have flavor without being too salty? Thank you!

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    If you want a very full flavor, find some great bones to work with. You'll get a bone broth out of it that has far more minerals in it. I go to a local organic, non-GMO pasture-raised farmer for mine, but you can likely find good bones at any butcher counter. Beef bones are very easy, but you can also get pork neck or trotters for cheaper and chicken feet will make a broth like you've never had before. You'll be shocked at how good it is an how soothing it is on the stomach. Just add a couple of tablespoons or so good quality apple cider vinegar (you won't taste it, it helps to pull nutrients from the bones) and whatever herbs you like. I just made one with a few bay leaves and some savory. You can always go with the classic bay leaves, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme combo that never fails.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by enviroTodd View Post
      If you want a very full flavor, find some great bones to work with. You'll get a bone broth out of it that has far more minerals in it. I go to a local organic, non-GMO pasture-raised farmer for mine, but you can likely find good bones at any butcher counter. Beef bones are very easy, but you can also get pork neck or trotters for cheaper and chicken feet will make a broth like you've never had before. You'll be shocked at how good it is an how soothing it is on the stomach. Just add a couple of tablespoons or so good quality apple cider vinegar (you won't taste it, it helps to pull nutrients from the bones) and whatever herbs you like. I just made one with a few bay leaves and some savory. You can always go with the classic bay leaves, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme combo that never fails.
      Wow! I had no idea that you were such a wizard when it comes to making natural broths, enviroTodd!! Although, I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised. You're kind of the all-natural, organic and health foods guru 'round here Thank you for all the great tips! I'm going to do some investigating and see what my local farms might have. To be honest, I kinda want to support them if I can anyway, especially during this crazy time. I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and staying safe in all this!

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      • #4
        That feels like the way to go now. We're in lockdown here, so I can only order from grocery stores. I'm glad I had some extra in my freezer. This is all worrying. I hope you're doing well out there.

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        • #5
          I've been supporting local, too, and it's been great! I love having all the fresh produce and better tasting meat. I think I'm going to keep supporting my local farms when all this crazy is over!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by enviroTodd View Post
            That feels like the way to go now. We're in lockdown here, so I can only order from grocery stores. I'm glad I had some extra in my freezer. This is all worrying. I hope you're doing well out there.
            Us too. I've also been doing most of my shopping online, trying to avoid going out all costs. I just want this thing to stop spreading and do whatever I can to do my part in making that happen!

            M-Stark334 - me, too! Definitely gonna respect my farmers more. So grateful we have them <3

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BabyButtons View Post

              Us too. I've also been doing most of my shopping online, trying to avoid going out all costs. I just want this thing to stop spreading and do whatever I can to do my part in making that happen!

              M-Stark334 - me, too! Definitely gonna respect my farmers more. So grateful we have them <3
              That's a great attitude. It's good to know we're part of a group that is trying to keep the economy alive while still knowing that the most important factor is to keep the spread of COVID-19 under the max-out level of our healthcare.

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                Originally posted by enviroTodd View Post

                That's a great attitude. It's good to know we're part of a group that is trying to keep the economy alive while still knowing that the most important factor is to keep the spread of COVID-19 under the max-out level of our healthcare.
                Yes! I'm really trying to support local and nationally as best I can. I know that others are as well. I hope once this is over, we keep some of the neighborly habits that we've developed. If this virus has taught me one thing it's that I take a lot more things for granted than I had realized. These days, I find myself just feeling grateful that me and my family are well.

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                • #9
                  That does sound good. I have hated every moment of this virus. I'm working hard to keep myself in a positive place. But it's awful and there's no way around that. But a lot of us who have been over complicating have been forced to take things more simply, to live without abundance, and adapt. I'm fortunate because I'm not in the most affected - in illness or financially - communities at the moment. I feel it has been my responsibility to step up because of that. I'm going without some of my favorite things because they're not there or they're in short supply and, to be frank, i'll be just fine without them. I'm shopping for others and preparing food for those who can't or who just need a happy surprise. I'm NOT approaching anyone or going into anyone's house. Drop-offs from a distance, only. But supporting local companies, supporting local charities, and supporting neighbors - friends, family and people I've never really even talked to much before - has become an important part of my life. It's one I hope I don't entirely lose when things shift back into full gear again (I'm certainly not going to say "go back to normal").
                  Be well everyone. Let positive energy flow through you. Step out of your comfort zone to try something new and positive. Do what you can to keep yourself and everyone safe. These are what will help you stay on top of a situation that has next to no positives in it right now.

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