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how long can you keep chicken stock?

stratford Jul 8, 2008 07:07 PM

SImple question: I boiled some chicken breasts and saved the liquid as a mild chicken stock. How long can this stock keep, refrigerated?

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    jacquelyncoffey RE: stratford Jul 8, 2008 07:24 PM

    Personally, I would plan to use it within 3-4 days, otherwise freeze it with any fat on top left on it, and use within a month or so. That's what I am comfortable with, I'm not a food expert.

    1. HSBSteveM RE: stratford Jul 8, 2008 07:28 PM

      In my experience, a typical chix stock will keep 5-7 days, maybe a few more if it is concentrated enough to gel slightly when chilled. Generally speaking, the saltier it is and/or the more it is reduced, the longer it keeps. Also, instead of skimming the fat, let it chill with a good layer of fat on it, which forms a layer that protects it from refrigerator odors and helps it keep longer as well.

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        Janet RE: stratford Jul 8, 2008 10:58 PM

        You will know when to throw it out. It will develop a sour smell. This will happen in a heart beat.

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          anzu RE: stratford Jul 8, 2008 11:17 PM

          Well, if you are Ruth Lafler, (I think it was her, and sorry if I'm misspelling your last name. . .) you can keep it for months! :) Granted, it was turkey stock, in her case, but I remember reading a post from her saying that she (inadvertently) kept turkey stock in the fridge for months, made something with it, which tasted fine.

          1. Sam Fujisaka RE: stratford Jul 9, 2008 12:33 PM

            Stock in the freezer will last forever. But water from boiling breasts would not be worth freezer space. Use it within the week.

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              Gooseberry RE: Sam Fujisaka Jul 9, 2008 01:44 PM

              I'm with Sam on this one. Boiled breast-water (in my experience) has too little flavour to be worth freezing.

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                Karl S RE: Gooseberry Jul 9, 2008 06:01 PM

                yeah. bones. you need bones.

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