Posted by Heather on October 11, 2010
Yes, we raise our own chickens, and yes, we use everything but the cluck around here! Someone once asked, “What do you do with the FEET?”
Well, let me show you some of the best ways to use them…
but, my most often used way is making broth out of them. Start with a bag of chicken feet. We were lucky enough to raise our own, thus having 26 pairs at our disposal. You can always ask a local chicken farmer, or where you get eggs
I put them in a pot of boiling water for about 5-10 minutes to make sure they are clean and to help loosen up the pads. Cut away any bad parts on the pads of the feet
Then, put them back in the pot with fresh water, and the rest of the ingredients.
Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10-12 hours. I leave mine overnight, but if you are worried about open flames, you can use a crockpot on low, or just do it when you are awake. If I did that in my house, though, my family would never eat the soup…guess they just aren’t ready for the REAL food experience.
I drain the broth in a large colander with a towel (I didn’t have any cheesecloth) suspended over another large pot.
Then, the chickens get the rest of the scraps, including the feet. They will actually pick the bones clean, then they can go in our compost since they are soft from being boiled all night.
And, when it’s cool, you have lots of yummy, gelatiny broth to use for soups, gravies, sauces, cooking rice, or teasing your children about!