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Jan 16, 2012 09:25 AM

Made Chicken Stock But Now I'm Stuck. Help!

I made chicken stock overnight in the crock pot. Last night I sent my husband out to borrow a strainer from his parents' place. He came back with a colander instead. I'm stuck now because I'm snowed in for the day and I don't have a proper strainer! I did use the the colander but there are still little specks and bits in the stock. Would it be ok to leave them? I'm using the stock to make chicken soup today.

How can I strain the stock without a proper strainer?

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  1. You can do the egg white thing to clear the broth, or you can also use a coffee filter.
    I wouldn't worry about it, I use a colander all the time and am not fussy about the broth being clear.

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    1. re: wyogal

      That reminds me. I have a reusable coffee filter in my kitchen somewhere! That should work. Thank you.

    2. There's nothing wrong with specs in your chicken stock. The clarity doesn't make a huge difference in taste.

      If you really really want to get it clear then you can use a paper towel or a coffee filter when passing through your strainer, but I wouldn't bother if you're just planning on making chicken noodle soup.

      1. Cheesecloth to line the colander also works.

        1. For your chicken soup, the bits shouldn't be an issue. But it sounds like the gold reusable coffee filter should do the trick for you. Slowly but it should accomplish what you want. And put "fine mesh strainers - 2 or 3 sizes" on your shopping list. :-)

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          1. re: LindaWhit

            That's definitely going on my shopping list. :)

          2. I use a colander lined with paper towels. If you are freaked out by the use of paper products to filter then a clean thin towel or tee shirt would work too. Coffee filters will clog fast and you will be sitting with a bunch of liquid going no where.

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            1. re: scubadoo97

              I'll keep that in mind for next time. i used the coffee filter and it did clog quickly. Thankfully it wasn't a ton of stock so it wasn't too big an issue.