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Golden Bone Broth

Golden Bone Broth 30.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post

Aug 22, 2017

This has a light, fairly neutral flavor, which means it is good for sauces, soups, stews, braising and risottos -- as well as for sipping.

You’ll need a 16-quart pot, or divide the ingredients between two 8-quart pots. Note: This spends many hours on the stove top. Make sure the chicken parts are thoroughly defrosted (if they have been frozen).

To read the accompanying story, see: Magic or mythic? Bone broth is at the center of a brewing cultural divide.

Make Ahead: The broth needs to be refrigerated overnight, and can be held that way for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 6 months; if you are freezing it, it’s best to transfer each quart to a freezer-safe zip-top bag, seal with as much air pressed out as possible and frozen flat.

Where to Buy: Chicken feet, as well as chicken backs and necks, are typically available in Asian markets; you can also order them from your favorite butcher.


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Tested size: 30 servings; makes about 7 1/2 quarts

  • 3 pounds chicken feet (see headnote)
  • 5 pounds chicken wings
  • 7 pounds chicken backs and necks (see headnote)
  • Water
  • 3 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • 6 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, scrubbed well and coarsely chopped
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • Fine sea salt


Place all the chicken parts in the pot(s). Add enough cool water to cover by 2 or 3 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, skimming off foam/impurities from the surface every 15 to 20 minutes. (Discard what you skim off.)

Once the liquid is at a full boil, reduce the heat to low and pull the pot(s) partially off the burner, if you can. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, skimming once or twice, as needed.

Add the onions, celery, carrots, bay leaves, peppercorns and parsley, pushing them down into the liquid. Cook for 3 to 5 hours, checking the broth once or twice to make sure the chicken parts remain submerged. Add water, as needed.

Use a Chinese spider or skimmer to remove the solids; discard them. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh strainer. Taste and add salt, as needed – although if you are using this for more than a sipping broth, you may want to add the salt later. Let cool.

Transfer the broth to separate 1-quart containers, leaving any sediment in the pot(s). Cover and refrigerate overnight; it should partially gelatinize.

Uncover and skim/discard any solidified fat on the surface before using or freezing for longer-term storage.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from “Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook,” by Marco Canora (Clarkson Potter, 2015).

Tested by Richard Kerr.

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