Yes, we raise our own chickens, and yes, we use everything but the cluck around here! Someone once asked, “What do you do with the chicken FEET?”
You asked, so here’s what to do with chicken feet.
My most often use for chicken feet is making an awesome stock with them. They are full of condroiton that is so good for you. Gut healing and joint nourishing at the same flavorful time.
Here’s how to make a great stock from chicken feet.
- Start with a bag of chicken feet. We were lucky enough to raise our own, thus having 26 pairs at our disposal. You can always ask a local chicken farmer, or where you get eggs.
- Put them in a pot of boiling water for about 5-10 minutes to make sure they are clean and to help loosen up the pads.
- Cut away any bad parts on the pads of the feet. You want to use a really sharp knife to avoid it slipping, and possibly cutting yourself.
- Put the cleaned chicken feet back in the pot with fresh water.
- Toss in a couple of carrots, a few celery stalks, some salt, pepper, a clove of garlic or two and a bay leaf.
- Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10-12 hours. This can be done on the stove top or you can use a crockpot on low.
- Drain the broth in a large colander with a towel or cheesecloth. Allow the broth to cool completely.
- The chickens get the rest of the scraps, including the feet. They will actually pick the bones clean, then they can go in our compost since they are soft from being boiled all night.
And, when it’s cool, you have lots of yummy, gelatiny broth to use for soups, gravies, sauces, cooking rice, or teasing your children about! See my post here on how to can broth for longer storage.
Do you ever use chicken feet to make broth? How else would you use chicken feet? Be sure to pin this for later!