In an ideal world we would all make our own stock (and bread, jam, cure bacon, grow wheat, mill it, and while we were at it rear sheep, spin and knit all our clothes etc etc). Also in this ideal world we naturally would all have the kitchen space, time, energy and organisational ability required to make the said stock.
I certainly do make stock some of the time. I have been known to leave dinner parties with a chicken carcass in a supermarket bag for stock making. Currently there are two carcasses in the freezer waiting until I have the aforementioned time, energy and organisational skills to make stock.
I am not going to criticise anyone for using ready made stock in their cooking. At least they are cooking (rather than eating ready made meals or takeaways); which after all is half the battle. Life these days can be a hard job, and many people need a little help just to get through.
According to the office for National Statistics the average salary in the UK in 2011 was a little over £26K. After tax that is just under £400 a week. Given that with continued economic uncertainty, people are fearful of losing their jobs and working longer hours. I reckon that stock making does not figure on their list of priorities.
I suspect that some of the ready made stock haters are not parents. Nor am I. but I spend lots of time with small children and it is an exhausting full time job. I once gave the parents of my youngest goddaughter a 24 hour pass for a birthday present. I lasted about 14 of them. I was dead bone tired after one night of disturbed sleep. The logistics of getting myself showered and dressed involved locking both protesting children into the bathroom with me, as they were too young for me to take my eyes off them for more than 30 seconds.
Enough said. I buy ready made stock. I also really rather like the Knorr stock pots, and their Touch of Taste vegetable stock in a bottle. I wish they did a free range chicken one, so I do try to make my own, but life is short, and I am sometimes not organised.
So yes, I am flying the flag that ready made stock is great!
Anyway, you may remember that last year I worked with Knorr, and received and gaveaway a series of seasonal boxes. My first box of the year arrived earlier today – packed with lovely products from Foreman and Field to make chicken chasseur with. We shall be having ours tomorrow – my friend J is coming for supper, whilst her son attends his end of year school disco nearby.
The box contains everything that you need to make a delicious dinner.
- 1 small chicken
- 2 shallots
- white wine
- 1 Knorr Chicken Stock Pot
- tomato juice
- button mushrooms
- chopped tarragon
- chopped parsley
Please note that the boxes will be delivered on Friday 13th July, please do not enter if you cannot receive them on that day.
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