By Pauline D
I got tired of paying for broth awhile back and started making my own. I save all chicken or turkey parts in the freezer. I usually have a lot of backs(back bones hide a number of small glands - adrenal, kidneys et. I pop them out as they have an off flavor), wings and leg bones etc. When the freezer gets crowded I take them all out put them in a pot and fill the pot with water. Simmer for 1 to 4 hours, let cool and strain thru a seive or cheesecloth to remove any small bones. if boiled for 4 hours you will have extracted the mineral content of the bones (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus) Now you can reduce the stock until it is the way you like it. I pour my stock into 8 oz plastic cups and freeze it. I use it to make soup, rice or whatever needs a flavor boost. One difference you will notice with the store bought stock is that yours will gel when it is cold. I am not sure how manufacturers keep the store bought stuff from gelling. It liquifies quickly when brought to room temp or a little more. You can add anything you like to broth while it is cooking. Onions, celery etc can vary the flavor and nutrition. My cats love it and I use it by the ton. A container of broth is approaching $3 at the store.
You have to be very careful because tuna in water is a treat I gave to my cat thinking it's water with fish flavor. But it is more harmful then good. It causes crystals in urinary tract and can cause extreme pain to them and or having surgery. People food is not good for any pet, any bones given to dogs whether they are cooked or raw. The cooked ones can cause serious damage to stomachs and intestines and other problems. If you want to give your pet scraps from people foods call vet first. Best food for your loving pets is food made for them only! If they can't eat dry food, try mixing some with wet food.
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