I had a pot full of chicken feet. and necks. and wing tips. You know, all those extra parts. And here I am, trying to be frugal. and responsible. and sustainable. So, I hit the internet again and after much googling I was surprised at how little info there is about using these parts.
But I was determined. After a LOT of foot soaking and scrubbing- and let me tell you, I would have given anything for someone to give my feet that kind of treatment. I was dreaming of pedicures the whole darn time- I had the cleanest chicken feet in town!
Into a crockpot went those feet and all the other parts. Then I threw in a few carrots, some celery stalks, and bay leaves. After a couple of hours at high heat, it started steaming so I reduced the heat to low and simmered it with the lid cracked open for 22 more hours.
After straining out all the "stuff" I had about 3 quarts of really rich brothy liquid. I let it cool and then bagged it up and stuck it in the fridge. And after those bags in the fridge were completely cooled- I had the most delicious gelatinous goo you could imagine, a stock perfect for soups, stews, noodles, etc... I wish it would have been pretty enough to take a picture but.. did you read the last sentence? gelatinous? ewwww!