Making your own stock is simple and cost effective. Using homemade stock is a great way to kick up the flavor of all of your homemade treasures.
Remove legs, thighs, wings, and any stuffing from carcass. Remove any meat still on bones (chop and refrigerate for use in soup). Place carcass, bones, and remaining ingredients in a stockpot (you may have to crack the bones to fit your pot). Add just enough cold water to cover bones by 1 inch. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 4 hours, skimming frequently and discarding any white foam that forms on the surface. Remove from heat and cool.
Strain stock through a cheesecloth-lined colander or a fine sieve into a large bowl; discard bones, vegetables, and seasonings. Cool, then cover and refrigerate overnight. Once stock has cooled sufficiently for fat to solidify, remove and discard fat from top before using.
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