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Jan 8, 2009 08:55 AM

MSP - buy chicken carcasses for stock?


I'm interested in making my own chicken stock and have no idea where to get chicken carcasses unless I roast whole birds myself. Since that gets expensive and I don't really eat a lot of chicken itself, that's less than desireable. Is there anywhere I could get inexpensive (or hopefully free?!?!) carcasses?

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  1. welcome Caitlin!

    i've had good luck getting chicken backs at whole foods. some of the farmers at the farmers' markets also sell packaged chicken backs/parts for stock. these parts may still be more pricey than you'd like. if so, my advice would be to talk to your favorite local butcher/grocer and ask if some of these parts can be put aside for you (agree on price at that time). you may not get the parts for free (then again, you may!), but if you have a relationship with your regular people, you generally will get a better price, and if they raise prices over time, you may lock in at a lower price now.

    1. I saw today that they sell chicken backs and necks at Chase Brook Natural farm at the Midtown Global Market for $1/lb.

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      1. re: LauraB

        During the summer months, I bought chicken necks and backs from Chase Brook, and I got some great stock out of them. In fact, everything I've bought from them has been quite good.

      2. You can use wings if you can't find backs or a cheap source of carcasses.

        1. I think Clancy's in Linden Hills might be a good source, but I would call and ask first.

          1. Shuang Hur on Nicollet sells whole hens in the frozen case, they make a very flavorful stock and the price is super cheap.

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            1. re: ducatiflip

              Also, I just read a lengthy write-up in Cook's Illustrated about how to make the best Chicken Broth and it recommended using ground chicken along with some celery, onions and carrots. An interesting approach and new to me, so I tried it and it worked beautifully. You may want to refer to their original recipe for all the details, as I find the little things they recommend, do make a difference. I have to say, my chicken noodle soup made from the Cook's Illustrated broth was really good!