I have the great privilege of living in the same small town as a dear friend which means it's not out of the question to end up at the grocery store at the same time. This happened the other day and as we were checking out and chatting up a storm I glanced at the contents of her cart.
There, in her cart, was enough boxed chicken stock to feed a small country. I think there were 4, maybe 5, boxes of stock. You know the kind. And there's nothing wrong with it really. Except that it tastes like nothing. So basically you're buying water in a box and hoping for the best. I didn't say all this to her right there. All I said was, "you totally need an intervention." Because, ya know, you want to help the people you love, right?
I have been making this super easy chicken stock consistently for the past few months and it has significantly changed the flavor of our food. You have to do this! I make this A LOT and sometimes I pick up one of those rotisserie chickens at the grocery store for the chicken. Then I throw it in a stock pot with a carrot, some celery, an onion, some garlic, maybe some fresh herbs if you have them, salt and pepper and a ton of water and a couple hours later there is the best chicken stock you have ever tasted.
See, there's my big jar up there in that picture. I usually have one of those in my fridge and it's super handy to have--for soups, or for all those other recipes that call for like 1/4 cup of stock. So save your chicken bones people. You'll be glad you did.