What's the Difference Between Chicken Stock and Chicken Broth?
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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
by Sara Gray
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What's the difference between chicken stock and broth? A good question since the two words seem to be interchangeable. However, there is a difference and I'll tell you about it here.
The basic difference between chicken stock and broth comes from its characteristics. A chicken broth will actually react in a different way when used for de-glazing a sauté pan than it will if you were using a stock. And here's the reason: stock is often used as an alternative to cream or butter when binding up pan drippings.
The type of chicken parts you use and the amount of gelée extraction depends on the length of your reduction. Knowing this, will help you determine if you want to make chicken stock or broth.
Here are some key factors about the differences between chicken stock and chicken broth:
Chicken Broth - usually made with the meat and parts of the chicken. It has a high flesh to bone ratio. You can use whole chickens or an assortment of chicken parts. Some experts believe that the best results for a broth is to use stewing chickens rather than the fryers and roasters that are easily found in your grocery store. However, I've made delicious broths from roasters if you absolutely cannot find a stewing chicken. Lots of times, you can ask your butcher or poultry manager to order a stewing chicken if they don't have any on hand. At sea level, the reduction time for chicken broth can be as long as 3 hours.
Chicken Stock - is made up mostly form chicken parts that have a lower ratio of flesh to bone. Good parts to use would be necks, backs and breast bones. You can easily get the boney parts of the chicken at your local grocery store. Just ask for them at the meat counter and they will either have them on hand or will be happy to order them for you. Also, save your bones! Just gather up leftover chicken bones and freeze them until you are ready to use when making stock. To get the maximum amount of gelée from your stock, reduction time at sea level is about 6 hours.
Flavoring both broths and stocks comes from herbs, vegetables and salt and pepper.
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» left by Abe from Madison 3 years 268 days ago.
thank you, my jambalaya will taste even better
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» left by Anonymous 3 years 105 days ago.
yes very helpful had be puzzled for a long time
» left by vishesh from thornton,Co 3 years 76 days ago.
awesome now I know what will go in my chicken
» left by Kris from Chesterfield,MO 2 years 318 days ago.
Helpful because in a very small cookbook I have with basically the same ingredients.. Except for the stock- broth part and I needed to know if one could substitute for the other. Obviously not if you want to cook it right.
» left by Peggie from Georgia 2 years 192 days ago.
yes,I really wanted to know the difference.
» left by Dee from Spanaway,Wa 2 years 192 days ago.
It was very helpful to me in the recipe for a stirfry
» left by Anonymous 2 years 177 days ago.
this was one of the "wrong" answers to a question on who wants to be a millionaire so I just had to look it up and find out what the difference was! (the question was of the following pairs, which has cream of tartar as the difference - it was baking soda versus baking powder ... definitely not chicken broth & chicken stock :-D)
» left by Anonymous 2 years 102 days ago.
Extremely helpful thanks.
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thanks it was very helpful