Learn how to make chicken stock in a pressure canner using scraps and leftovers to get almost free stock! Plus, it's done in an hour and makes a lot at once, making it a good option for making bone broth.
This is a guest post from Kimmy of Kimmy's Bake Shop.
Note: When Kimmy contacted me about writing this guest post, I thought it would be good to have another option for you to be able to make your own chicken stock (or turkey and beef, too - it's all in the bones!) - in addition to the traditional way to make stock on the stovetop and the Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock I've written about previously. Whatever way you find that works best for you, I'm happy to do what I can to encourage you to make your own stock - for all the reasons Kimmy has listed!
In our home we try to eat as simply as possible. I buy the very best food that we can afford and is in season. This means that often one meal will be the prep for the next. For example one simple roast chicken dinner will also be the shredded chicken for the next and the leftover bones will wind up as stock.
Yes, I believe you should make your own chicken stock. It is infinitely better than anything you can buy at the store and, if done right, can be practically free. Most of what you buy in the store is broth anyways- not stock. Stock means the gelatin in the bones has rendered giving you a rich, hearty, sometimes a bit solid concoction. Once you have made your own you won't go back. I promise.
How to Make Chicken Stock in a Pressure Canner
It can be a bit of work, however I have discovered a shortcut. A few years ago a friend of mine mentioned she made stock in her pressure canner. You know those huge 23 quart pressure canners used to can low acid foods like green beans? Yeah. In there. The best part? Well there are two things actually:
- It is cooked start to finish in under an hour
- It makes a large amount of stock
First can we talk ingredients?
For my first batch of stock I simply went to the grocery store and bought about four pounds of chicken thighs. It worked great but it seemed such a waste to purchase chicken and then not be able to use the meat (the pressure cooker does the meat no favors, the one downside to doing it this way).
Now I simply save chicken as well as vegetable scraps in the freezer. Some batches have more celery, some have more carrots. It isn't exact. Use what you have. Little by little it adds up and over the course of a couple of months I finally have enough bones and vegetable scraps to make stock. Completely free!
Two last notes about the chicken:
- I recommend the more bones the better. If you are interested in a really thick, well-gelled stock then you need bones and lots of them. If it doesn't gross you out you can even ask you butcher for a few chicken feet to throw in. Often they will give them to you for free or really cheap and they are the BEST for making stock.
- Please consider buying locally grown pasture raised chicken. Since I have switched to pasture raised chicken I will never go back. The taste is incredible not to mention I love knowing the farmer and farm the chicken came from. Yes it costs more, but if you are mindful and stretch one chicken to two or three dinners and then use the bones for stock I think you will find it isn't very expensive it all. Besides, want to know where the idea came to use chicken feet in my stock? Yep, my farmer gave them to me for free the last time I purchased chicken from him.
Learning how to make chicken stock in a pressure canner is as simple as on a stovetop - add all the ingredients to your canner, add water to cover, bring up to pressure and cook at pressure for time listed, strain, cool, and use or freeze.
Ready to make stock? Here is how to make chicken stock with your canner (of course a regular stove-top pressure cooker works, too - it just makes a smaller amount):
How To Make Chicken Stock In a Pressure Canner
- 4 + pounds chicken bones/pieces/feet
- 4-5 medium carrots cut in half
- 4-5 celery stalks cut in halt
- 2 onions peeled and quartered
- 4 garlic cloves or to taste peeled
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 20 black peppercorns
- water to cover
- Start with a clean 23 quart pressure canner. Add all the chicken pieces, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, salt and peppercorns to the pot.
- Add water till your pot is 2/3 full. Place lid on the canner and twist till closed.
- Place the regulator on immediately, turn on the heat, and bring it up to 15 lbs of pressure.
- Hold at 15 lbs of pressure for 10 minutes.
- Turn the heat off and allow the pressure to drop. Once the pressure has dropped open the lid and let the stock cool a bit (I normally let it sit for an hour or so. It is rip roaring hot).
- Strain stock into a cheesecloth lined colander set over a bowl. Use a couple of bowls if necessary.
- Allow to cool overnight in the fridge.
- Skim off the fat and discard. Scoop or pour (depending on much the stock gelled) in to storage containers.
- Freeze for up to 1 year. If it lasts that long.
What's your favorite way to make chicken stock?
Kimmy blogs her kitchen escapes over at kimmysbakeshop.com. She is a full time momma to Little and squeezes in gourmet cooking during naptimes. She focuses on frugal, seasonal, and homemade.
Mindy Hilyard says
I followed the directions. I didn't get the gel effect I wanted. I have read other recipes that say the time you process the bones is where that comes from. Any recommendations for next time?
To get stock to gel you cook longer to extract all the cartilage from the bones, so maybe cook another 5 minutes and see if that gives you the result you're after?
I've done this before and stopped in here for reminder instructions. My only concern is the amount of time...only 15 minutes? That doesn't seem long enough...otherwise this is a great method and makes the best stock...and I can it...and it doesn't taste funky because the canner is aluminum.
Sarah B Thompson says
I can often, however I want to make mixed bone broth. I'm not concerned with recipe, but wonder about lbs per pressure for cooking for 4 hous???? All recipes for bone broth are for insta pot type cookers. They suggest "high." What are your thoughts on presto 23gt.
This is for making the stock in the pressure canner, not actually canning it (just wanted to be clear on that!).
I would use the same recipe, just use your mix of bones for the chicken, keeping the amounts the same.
Ed Smith says
Can I pressure can this stock?
Yes, chicken stock can be pressure canned - here is a recipe you can use for the pressure canning part: https://www.freshpreserving.com/blog/chicken-stock-pressure-canning
I have the same pressure canner as you do. I worry about cooking in it because of the aluminum. Do you find that the food tastes 'metallic' when cooking in it? I recently bought a stainless 20 quart pot, but it doesn't pressure up so it would take FOREVER. I love your method and I want to try it, but wondered about the aluminum leaching into the food. I fear that it would end up being more poisonous than good? Thoughts on this?
Should you vent the canner for 10 minutes before you put the weight on, then cook 10 minutes? I'm new to canning and realize the venting time is to help remove air from the canner before you hold correct pressure with the weight are you saying this doesn't have to be done when cooking vs canning?
Please ignore the previous post. I just read the manual, I should have read it BEFORE asking... I feel like such a blonde.
No worries! I AM a blonde, ha 😉
Kim Birum says
Tried this method out last weekend. Love, love, love the results. I'm sending my readers your way in case they want to try it to. Thanks for sharing this easy method.
Thank you, Kim!
Don't chuck that schmaltz (chicken fat)! Either lift off from the gelled chilled stock and save or leave a layer on the stock to keep it fresh in the fridge or freezer. If you must take it off, left the schmaltz off & remelt it - pour into forms and chill. Schmaltz is great for frying potatoes, seasoning starches, adding some flavor to any number of dishes - soups, stews, marinades... Additionally that chicken fat may have anti-inflammatory properties - remember Jewish Penicillin? Treasure the Scmaltz!
Yep, save that chicken fat...super flavorful. Use instead of lard for tamales too. Lots of uses.
Food in Jars sent me here to - thanks Marissa!
I've often thought about making stock in my pressure canner, but I thought it was aluminum and I don't like to cook in that. I have the same 23 qt. Presto that you do.
I wonder why - since your canner is already out - you don't can the stock instead of freezing it? I've found it much easier to use, and remember to use, when it is sitting on a shelf instead of hiding in the freezer and needing to be thawed before using.
That's of course a good idea, Deb - I (like my guest poster, here) find it simpler to put it in the freezer since I've got the space. Canning would be a great option, though!
Found you from Food in Jars and I suck at making stock. I have tried several methods and am so hopeful that yours will be the one that finaly works! Thanks.
Oh, good, Mirinda! It's SO nice to have a nourishing stock in the freezer.
My process in the crock pot takes days.....I'm looking forward to trying this method!!
High Heeled Life says
This is fabulous .. my mother and grandmother used a pressure cooker often. Will have to go back and check your other posts on making stock... perfect to have on hand for the cold months ahead. xo HHL
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
You have just solved a big dilemma for me (:
I've been cooking up ways (heh) to get more gelatin into our diet. (Don't know if there's a diff, but beef gelatin is good for hair and nails and my daughters have very fine, thin hair that grows soooo slowly.) Not to mention it is packed with protein.
Except for the color of Kimmy's countertops these photos look like they could've been downloaded from my phone. I make stock just like this, chicken feet & all, and for the exact same reasons, on a regular basis. Many of my friends tease me about being so "back to nature", but everyone sure seems to enjoy dinner invitations to my house. And, I even have a few friends who already plan to give me their turkey carcasses once Thanksgiving dinner is over! Living frugally and healthfully without compromising flavor & enjoyment is very do-able. It just takes a bit of planning and a little more effort than opening a box or pulling up to the drive-thru window.
Hey, good for you! Some people just don't get it. 🙂 I usually get everyone's turkey carcasses as the holidays, too - plus ham bones. I take 'em all for soup and stock - yeah!
Mary Ann says
Hey, this is a great idea. I use chicken frequently, and I hate throwing the carcasses away. We have a deep freeze... I am going to start saving them this week and making our own stock!