One of the mantras of homesteaders is “Use Everything.”
Making the most of every single thing is part of the homesteading mindset. It’s NOT a part of the normal American family’s mindset. This includes using reusable cans and jars like I do for my yogurt and peanut butter.
Or like saving all of the toilet paper tubes and egg cartons to start our seedlings.
This also means making the most of the food we have. We had friends over for dinner one Friday night so I roasted 2 whole chickens (from a local source!) for our dinner. There once was a time I would have just thrown out the bones when we were done. But NOW, because I’m a homesteader and all, I realized that those bones still had a “little life” left in them. I could make homemade chicken stock!
I found a great recipe at Skinny Taste. You just put the chicken bones, and all of the spices and leftover vegetables in a large stock pot and boil for several hours. Once done you strain the liquid off and remove the remaining chicken for other recipes. I chose to bag the stock and chicken and freeze it with plans to use it in the next couple of months. It can be frozen for around 3 months.
We’re still Happily Homesteading! 🙂
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