We were at a local farm recently and they were selling their whole chickens and fresh eggs. We decided to buy one and just throw caution to the wind and give homemade soup a try. How hard can it be right?!
1st - I took a bunch of celery and cut the tops off. I also took a few onions and chopped them up. I filled up our big stockpot with water and added the chicken, celery, and onions.
I also threw in a couple bay leaves, kosher salt, and black pepper. I let this cook for about 4 hours until the chicken was ready to fall apart.
Now here's some interesting observations regarding this farm fresh chicken. When we normally buy our roasting chickens from our local grocery store, they are huge! The farm fresh chicken was much smaller. Second thing we noticed was that on the farm fresh chicken we could see under the skin some of the blood vessels of the chicken. It wasn't gross or anything but I just noticed it because it was never seen on any of the regular "store brand" chickens. One other thing I noticed was that the bones of the farm fresh chicken were much stronger. Normally when I'd boil the store brand chicken for 4 hours it would all be falling apart and the bones could be snapped in half. We tried our hardest but could not break any of the bones from the farm fresh chicken. Just some things to think about....
2nd - Take the chicken out of the broth (above) and let it cool off until it's cool enough to pull the meat off the bones.
3rd - Get chopping those veggies. We used celery, peppers, potatoes, and carrots.
4th - Then we added it all back into the broth and cooked it until the veggies were cooked to our liking.
Then we packaged it up for the fridge so it was ready for our lunches and dinners for the week:
That's it! This soup turned out great - we enjoyed having it for lunches for work and quick dinners during the week. I can't wait to get back to the farm to get more fresh chickens!