What I did a little over a week ago:
Roasted two chickens, one covered in Herbs de Provence and one covered in a red chipotle-flavoured spice rub. Stashed the veggie scraps from the side dishes and the raw chicken necks in a bag in the freezer. Boiled the liver and lights for the corgi. Put the leftover chicken in two ziploc bags in the fridge. Put the unused drippings in a container in the fridge.
What I did tonight, after double checking that everything still felt, smelt, and tasted right and wholesome:
1) Stripped both carcasses.
2) Separated the carcasses, the meat, and the skin.
a) Put the carcasses on to boil with the freezer bag of scraps.
b) Put the skin scraps on to boil in plain water.
c) Cut the meat up and put it aside in the freezer until I was ready for it.
d) Skimmed the top of the stock and the top of the boiling skin for as much fat as I could get, three times each.
e) Put the skimmings in the freezer.
f) Strained the stock, discarded the solids.
g) Strained the water the skin was in, discarded the solids.
h) Took the drippings from the original roasting out of the fridge.
i) Combined the fat from the top of the drippings container with the fat from tonight's skimmings and set it all to melt in a saucepan.
j) Combined the water the skin was cooked in, the dark meat jelly from the drippings jar, and the strained stock to make a strong broth.
k) Thawed one boneless skinless breast and two boneless skinless thighs and chopped them up.
l) Added the raw meat to the broth.
m) Added the previously reserved cooked meat to the broth.
n) Strained the fats through a sieve, then through a double layer of paper towel.
And now I am going to:
3) Put the mostly clean fat in the fridge to fry potatoes, etc in.
4) Put the chicken in broth into single-meal servings in the freezer, so that they can be taken out and used for nearly instant chicken soup/stew/etc, each with whatever spicing, vegetables, and starch the mood of the moment dictates.
5) Do the last of the dishes, then sit back and have a well-earned Wee Dram.
This sounds like a ton of work, I realise, but it's really not. The most onerous parts are stripping the carcasses and working with the fullish stock pot; the rest is more just sort of Lounging Around Reading with regular but short bursts of gentle activity.
And you get the satisfaction of knowing that you really truly did use everything but the cackle.
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