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What size pot do you use to make Jewish chicken soup?

It's time for me to buy a new pot - mine is so small I don't get enough broth, even with a 3 1/2 pound chicken. Any suggestions? Also, any opinions about stock v. soup pots? Thanks!

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    1. re: pothead

      Mine is 12 quarts also. Perfect for chicken soup, chili, or a big batch of meat sauce.

    2. before or after you cut the tip off?

      ( i kid i kid - as a member of the tribe - i kid (or should i said chad gad ya))

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      1. re: thew

        "My father bought for two zuzim..." And on home cooking, there are hamentaschen recipes flying around. Glad spring is coming! ;)

      2. You didn't say what size pot you're using now.
        But I 'd say if you want a little more broth, buy a
        slightly larger pot. If you want a lot more
        broth, buy a much larger pot. Stocks and
        soup are basically the same thing, liquid with
        some stuff in it.

        1. I also use a 12-quart stockpot. Chicken soup freezes well, so I like to make a big pot of it and freeze it in 1-quart containers.

          1. Agree with the others that a 12 quarts is a good size for a soup pot.

            If you're only making soup of one chicken, an 8-quart pot is plenty big enough. But if you're only going to have one, the 12-quart is the way to go. Unless you're fairly short, it's easy enough to cook 6 or 8 quarts of soup in a 12-quart pot. The other way around presents more problems.

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            1. re: alanbarnes

              "unless you're fairly short"

              I'm barely 5ft, and when I bought the 12 quart pot, I also bought a stool to stand on for when I use the pot :)