- 1 large stewing chicken
- 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
- 4 large onions, cut into quarters
- 2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, lightly crushed with the back of a knife
- 2 slices bacon or 1 small chunk dried ham, like prosciutto or serrano, or a cured ham bone
- 1 pound dried chickpeas
In a very large, heavy-bottomed pot, combine all the ingredients; add 3 gallons water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 hours.
While the stock is simmering, it’s important to skim the impurities and here’s an easy way to do it: Move the pot off center on the burner, which will create a hot spot on the edge of the pot, forcing the detritus to the cooler surface and making it easier to skim. When skimming, dip your skimmer into the stock just below the surface over the hot spot and skim away from the heat. This will prevent you from mixing the impurities back into the stock.
Strain the broth, and chill if you do not intend to use it immediately. Seasoning depends upon the way you intend to use the broth.
– From Seamus Mullen’s Hero Food by Seamus Mullen/Andrews McMeel Publishing