Monday, July 14, 2014

How to cool chicken stock

This is am article about cooling chicken stock after making it from scratch. It can probably be used for quickly cooling soup or a beverage that is chilled after being heated.

I read a tip in Cooks Illustrated that suggested putting a plastic bottle filled with water in the freezer, then using that to quickly cool stock.

I started to think that using a plastic bottle in hot liquid could leech some of the plastic product into the stock. On the other hand, providing an ideal bacteria growing environment is not something I desire, either.

I decided to put ice into a small saucepan. It floats in the broth and will hold the cold longer than the plastic bottle. The pot may also have a larger surface area, making it cool more efficiently, as it displaces more stock than the bottle did.

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