There are a lot of websites talking about the benefits of bone or collagen broth so I’ll not go into it. I usually make a big batch of it every few weeks or until I’m running out of it. I do not season it with salt because I prefer to do it when I use it for stew or soup, with either salt, soy sauce or flavourful ingredients like dried scallops, anchovies, etc. Here’s how I prepare my beauty soup stock.
2 big bones – pig leg bones that come with the joints
12-15 chicken feet
2 tbp apple cider vinegar.
Thermal cooker method
1. Rinse the bones and feet. Set aside.
2. Bring a small pot (2-3 liters) of water to boil, put the big bones in. Let the bones cook in the water for a while (5-10mins) to remove scums and blood. Then remove them from pot and rinse with water.
3. Fill a 5L thermal inner pot, 2/3 full with water. Bring it to boil. Add all the bones, feet and vinegar. Lid on and bring it to boil again, then turn to minimum heat. Simmer for at least 2 hours for the first night. Then into the thermal outer pot to sit overnight.
4. (Day 2 morning) Take it out to simmer for another hour and back into the outer pot.
5. (Day 2 evening, approx 9-10 hours later) Simmer for another hour to 2. Stir the bones occasionally with chopsticks to help break them down. Then into the outer pot to sit overnight.
6. Repeat step 4 and 5 for another day or two.
– Occasionally, stir the bones to help break them down and cook evenly.
– Try to maintain the liquid to be at least 2/3 full so it can get the bubbling action going on inside the pot while it simmers over the stove, to help cook the bones. I always top up with room temperature water before I start a 1-2hr simmer session. So by the end of a session, it’ll reduce to a thicken stock again.
7. Last day, top up with a little water, one last simmer to reduce and thicken. Takes about 2 hours. Then leave it to cool completely before removing the bones. By now, the bones and feet should be broken down into bits and pieces, as shown in the photo below. Personally, I pack into small packs (I use sterilised bag for breastmilk. I overstock on them! Great way to utilised them.) for future uses.
How I use these small packs of concentrated beauty soup stock?
– I put them in my daily soups, eg, lotus soup, ABC soup. One pack of these with 2-3L of water is enough to give the soup volume… Extra oomph.
– I put them in my soup noodles! I gave some of my beauty soup stock to colleagues, they used a pack of these to make 3 soup noodles. Just for your reference.
– I put them in my stews! One pack with 1-2L of water for stew.
Can I cook the soup stock without a thermal cooker?
Of course! I personally prefer the thermal cooker method as it helps thoroughly cook the bones and feet without wastage. And… I don’t have the time to cook 8-12hrs straight. If you have the time, you can cook it over the stove for 8-12 hours straight. Remember to occasionally stir the bones and top up the liquid.