Making Stock: The 10 commandments

chicken stock

Apparently I’d been doing it wrong all these years. These are the rules for making stock:

  1. Thou shall use only the finest ingredients
  2. Thou shall not over cook thy stock
  3. Thou shall not sin by adding salt to thy stock
  4. Thou shall not cover thy stock with a lid
  5. Thou shall not boil thy stock for the chef loves the simmer
  6. Thou shall remove all iniquities and scum as they form
  7. Thou shall not stir thy stock
  8. Thou shall not corrupt the flavour of thy stock with strongly flavoured spices or herbs
  9. Thou shall cool and store thy stock correctly

Keep these precepts and thou will prosper and find favour with thy chef and flavour in thy stock

I have a screen grab of this on my kitchen wall. I almost always make fresh stock for the gravy for a Sunday roast.