Sunday, November 18, 2007

Chicken Soup Sunday

Because it has been cold (even dad said it was cold) mom decided to make chicken soup. Mom makes chicken soup the way her mom makes chicken soup and the way her mom's mom made chicken soup. So mom took the chicken she had cooked the other night and tossed it in her huge pot (bones included, skin too) with some water, bouillon cubes, carrots, potatoes and onions and set it on simmer.

This is what it looks like after six hours of simmering. The house smells GREAT by the way.

Then mom strains all the chicken and bones and onions and carrots and potatoes out of it until you have broth, like you see above. But this broth has lots of fat on the top. So mom has to strain that off. It is hard to strain off the top, so mom does it the old fashioned way.

Here is mom's pot. Mom loves this pot. It is either 10 or 12 quarts and it is great. Mom separates the chicken from the broth, washes her pot and then gets ready to put the chicken and the broth back in.

Here's the chicken, ready to go back in, after being boned. This is where Lucky and I come in. We sit patiently at mom's feet waiting for mom to drop something "accidentally." Sure enough, mom did. She gave us warm chicken for out treat after we went outside and did out business.

Mom used one of those fancy fat drainers/separators and look! The fat looks like it is all gone. But mom knows better. She takes the pot, with the chicken and broth, and puts it in the entry way with the window open (and the door locked) and will leave it there til tomorrow morning. She could put it in the fridge, but she would have to rearrange the fridge, and since the pot is so big it would take a while. Also, it's still warm. This way, at 29 degrees F, it will get cooler a lot faster than being in the fridge.

Tomorrow, mom will scrape off the fat and add other good stuff, like carrots, peas, potatoes, maybe some elbows, basil, and other spices and then you have chicken soup for the nice cold days. All we need is some English Muffin Bread (hint hint mom) and we would be all set.

I think I will dream about chicken tonight. Yum!


Karen Jo said...

My Mom gets the fat out of the chicken soup just about the same way. She puts the pot in the car trunk, though. I love homemade chicken soup.

Christine and FAZ said...

Yummy, both me and the human like the sound of this soup. Purrs FAZ

Lucy The Great Dane said...

My Kona girl actually sits right behind my heals trying to trip me as I cook. She has got it down.
She used to sit in front of me but I don't want her to get burned by something hot.

Monty Q. Kat said...

MomBean's thinkin' chicken soup now for tonight...

Or can we come over if we bring the english muffin bread?

Daisy said...

That looks very yummy for your tummy!

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

That soup looks and sounds delicious! :) My humans and I both think it will taste wonderful. My humans don't make soup, sadly, they just buy Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup (which they can't buy in Munich, so my dad picks some up every time he is back in Canada for business, once or twice a year.)

Frances Louise said...

MMMMM, sounds super yummy! Wish my Mommy can cook like that.

Mickey's Musings said...

I think I can smell it from here!!
I just know it will be good. Mom likes the cool weather.Thats because she can make 1 pot meals,heehee
Stay warm you two :)

Anonymous said...

Oh man--now I am so hungry!

Milton said...

Don't let you mom throw out the carrots and potatoes from the pot! Them's grrrreat eatin'!!
Just ask her to cut some up and put on top or mix with dry food its chicken 'lishous and good for ya (if ya don't eat too much at once and get a tummy upset).
I may just be a cat but I likes lickin' 'em. I bet a fine doggie either one of the 2 of you will like to eat the whole thing.
As a kid I would steal the bowl of pot veggies and with a little salt and pepper eat the whole thing! Yeah, I know I was strange - still sounds good to me ;)
---Beezer's Bean

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Michelle said...

Yum! That looks much better than what we are having. I am being lazy and just doing frozen pizza! Thanks for stopping by our page and all your kind words. It makes me feel better to know people are thinking about us.