This is an old recipe by author/chef Sheila Lukins, I believe. Gene wanted mashed potatoes just about every couple of weeks and if I could provide a gravy as well that made him even happier. These frozen concentrated bouillon cubes were the answer for me when I needed a quick, but delicious gravy. If you have about 5 hours to hang around your kitchen while it cooks down this is a great recipe to make. Besides the aroma in your kitchen…
Homemade Chicken Bouillon Cubes
- 4 lbs. chicken wings
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 ribs celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 leek (usually they are sold in threes so I just add all of them) white part and some green, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 onion, halved
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 large sprigs parsley
- 2 large sprigs dill
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 4 quarts water
Combine all of the ingredients in a large stock pot (I used my 16 quart) and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 2 hours (or more).
Strain the stock – you should have about 10 cups. I had more this time (I always measure to see how much I have) so I needed to allow more cooking time for this next step. Usually it would be about 2 hours but it took 2-1/2 hours to reduce to 1-1/2 cups.
Return the stock to a smaller pan and bring to a boil; skimming off any fat. I do that a number of times during the cooking process. Gradually the stock will become a deep caramel color; gets a little syrupy and reduces to 1-1/2 cups. Do keep a close eye the last 30 minutes of cooking so as not to burn it.
Pour the reduced stock into an 8-inch square baking dish or cake pan; cool to room temperature. Refrigerate , covered until very firm – I usually do it overnight.
Cut the stock into sixteen squares and wrap each in plastic wrap or foil. Freeze for future use.
Comment: For a quick stock, dissolve 1 cube in 1 cup boiling water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. For a yummy milk gravy using these bouillon cubes see Chicken Gravy with Homemade Bouillon Cubes. Also check out Chicken Stock for Gravy (how I make my gravy for Thanksgiving).