When I make a batch of chicken stock, I usually end up with much more than I need for a pot of soup for two. When I first started making my own stock I would freeze it in tubberware containers. Great if you are planning to use the entire tub of stock to make soup, not so great if you just need a tablespoon or so to add flavour to a recipe.
Since I haven’t yet ventured into pressure canning (it’s on my to do list), I have to rely on my freezer to keep any leftover stock. Freezer space is tight in this house with three 100+ pound dogs eating raw meat, our chest freezer is usually filled to the max with dog food. This leaves the freezer on our side-by-side fridge to store all of the people food. Multiple tubs of chicken stock can eat up a lot of precious freezer space but I love having homemade stock on hand for rice, chicken and the obvious soup.
What’s the solution? Freeze chicken stock in ice cube trays.
It’s quick, it’s easy and you end up with a bag full of mini stock cubes, perfect for when you just need a tablespoon or two of stock. They are also convenient for making soups, just pop several of them into the pot and voila!
How to freeze chicken stock in ice cube trays
Rinse out your ice cube trays and dry them. Fill with cooled-down stock as you would water. Place in freezer for a couple of hours. Break cubes out of tray and store in a resealable bag labelled with the date.
Do you freeze chicken stock in ice cube trays? What else do you freeze in ice cube trays? I have heard of people using them to freeze herbs in olive oil, fruit and vegetable purees and juices and even left over wine.
For my easy and satisfying chicken stock recipe click here.