Making homemade chicken broth is as comforting to smell as it is delicious to eat, but how long can you store homemade chicken broth before it needs to be tossed out?
Chicken stock is a must-have in my kitchen and I prefer using homemade over store-bought because: 1) Homemade chicken stock is free. 2) Homemade chicken stock is better for my family.
But, how should you store the chicken stock you have lovingly prepared?
Freezing Homemade Chicken Stock
After I have cooked my stock and removed the fat, I divide the broth into containers of various sizes.
1. Freezing the stock in ice trays is extremely convenient for adding the broth to sauces or other recipes in small amounts and it will thaw quickly. I prefer to freeze the chicken stock in a tray and then pop the cubes out, storing them in a gallon-sized freezer bag.
You can pick up ice cube trays at the Dollar Store or Amazon.
2. Since a lot of recipes call for chicken stock in one cup increments, I always freeze some in one cup containers. Then, I remove the stock from the containers and place them in a freezer bag to conserve space in my freezer. Always remember to label and date the bag.
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3. Several of the recipes I prepare regularly, such as the Sausage and Chicken Gumbo, require a significant amount of homemade chicken stock. So, I recycle 32 ounce yogurt containers for freezing stock.
One thing to remember… leftover yogurt containers should not be microwaved and you should allow the stock to thaw in the refrigerator at least enough to remove the stock and place it in a microwave-safe dish before heating.
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How long will chicken stock last in the freezer
In an air-tight container, your homemade chicken stock should last for 6 months in the back of a refrigerator freezer or up to 12 months in a deep freezer. After that, it will begin to lose its flavor but does not pose a health-risk.
When I make a fresh batch of chicken stock, I keep one 32 ounce container in the refrigerator.
If you have thoroughly strained the stock to remove all solids, the broth should remain good in your refrigerator for about a week although I try to use it within 4 days.
How to you store your homemade chicken stock?
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