Kick that Cold- Grandmama Style

When my kid is sick in 2043, I want her to crack a smile when she remembers the extra snuggles she got and her mom’s special soup that remedied her ailments. Also, I want her to invite me over to her house to make it for her/snuggle/give me the 411 on her life…

Bone broth… liquid of the Gods. It was my daughter’s first non-breastmilk food!

This past week I fought off a DAC [daycare acquired cold] and it was difficult…basically, I had to pull out the big guns.

Knowing how to make a good soup should be a parental requirement. Don’t you want someone to make you soup when you are sick?

When my kid is sick in 2043, I want her to crack a smile when she remembers the extra snuggles she got and her mom’s special soup that remedied her ailments. Also, I want her to invite me over to her house to make it for her/snuggle/give me the 411 on her life…

This is semi-lame of me to admit…but one of my favorite books to read when I was younger was the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. It was my 10 year old version of a trashy reality show, but wholesome; because I was 10. I turned the pages…tear jerker after motivational story. I ate it up. I didn’t yet comprehend the true symbolism of the title, because I had never had a great homemade soup. My point being chicken soup is good for the soul… and once you make your own great chicken soup, you won’t go back!

What I like to do is grab a rotisserie chicken; eat some for dinner, and pick the rest
[or you can save your meat bones after every meal for a while, or chicken carcasses…you can freeze them for a later soup, you can use a few at one time.]

What you need for the STOCK + SOUP

  • A whole chicken
  • 3 Onions
  • 4 Carrots
  • 4 Celery
  • A few Potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Bag of frozen peas, corn, carrots
    • Optional [and delectable] ingredients
      * Sweet potato
      * Bay Leaf
      * Any other root veggies
      * Kale
      * Garlic clove
      * Scallions
      * Egg
      * Tumeric
      * Ginger
      * Salt
      * Pepper

Dust off your deepest pot, put the bones in and fill it near to the top with water [the water doesn’t really matter, you can always add more, or cook the stock longer for richer flavor]

Toss in your onion, carrots, celery [potato and bay leaf if you have em] No need to get Top Chef here and chop anything into pretty little cubes… you can even throw in the onion whole, it will fall apart in the cooking process.

Pour in Apple Cider Vinegar. It helps extract the nutrients from the bones, and adds a nice acidity.

Once it’s boiling- stir + skim the muck off the top.

I let the stock simmer on low overnight while I’m sleeping with the top on.

You can simmer for 24 + hours if you so desire. 15 always seems like the magic number to me.

When you’re ready; strain out all the bones and veggies. I usually drink a cup like tea at this point.

Now is the time you can throw in whatever you fancy. Add the chicken you picked off and saved if you want…

I love to add kale, turnips, sweet potato, red potato, onions, and the frozen veggies.

Sprinkle in some spices. Ladle some up for you and your family and enjoy.

Now that I have a big pot of stock, I usually heat up each meal in a smaller pot so as not to reheat so many times.

For the tough sickness I couldn’t kick this week… I made an egg drop soup fresh each time. I chopped up some scallions, garlic, ginger and whipped an egg and tossed it in as it was heating up.

Thanks to my soup, I am now on the mend.

6 thoughts on “Kick that Cold- Grandmama Style”

  1. Gran Pere and I use a shorter
    Version But your version sounds
    Scrumptious. We will try it.
    Right now I am drinking chicken
    Broth from a container and it
    Not helping.
    Granmema

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      1. Feeling better thanks for posting the . Recipe my mom was a single parent and chicken soup was a Sunday staple at our house 1 guess that’s a why I never got colds when I was a kid.

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