Boiled Stock Recipe

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Boiled Stock Recipe

[Photograph: Chichi Wang]

  • Yield:makes 1 quart stock
  • Active time: 20 minutes
  • Total time:30 minutes


  • 2 to 4 pounds bones with flesh and skin still attached
  • 5 quarts water plus more to replenish the pot
  • Salt to taste


  1. 1.

    Place bones in a stock pot and add enough water to cover the bones by a few inches. Bring to a vigorous boil over high heat, then turn the heat down to medium high and keep the water at a boil. Cook for 3 hours or more, occasionally replenishing with more water to maintain the level of liquid in the pot.

  2. 2.

    When sufficiently boiled, remove all the bones and strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the bones. Skim off the fat from the surface of the broth. Use for soups and other purposes.