We made some chicken stock the other day. Our first time. It's easy. You should try it some time. We got the recipe from the internet (of course... our cookbooks are gathering dust ever since we installed our old Sony Vaio in the kitchen and mounted an old LCD screen to the wall).
We found this recipe on JamieOliver.com:
Place the chicken carcasses, garlic, vegetables, herbs and peppercorns in a large, deep-bottomed pan. Add the cold water and bring to the boil, skim, then turn the heat down to a simmer. Continue to simmer gently for 3-4 hours, skimming as necessary, then pass the stock through a fine sieve.Why bring it up here? Because, judging from the comments left on the JamieOliver.com site, not even a recipe for chicken stock offers a respite from the pathologies of the left. See below the fold to see what we're talking about. Even chicken stock is viewed as destroying the planet!
19. KiumarsMaybe Kiumars is pulling our leg. Maybe it's sarcasm. Or maybe not. In any event, Laraine Anne Barker rides to the rescue:
Tue 09 Sep 2008 @ 02:16simmer gently for 3-4 hours?
How much Gas is going to be used in 4 hrs?
18. Laraine Anne BarkerDon't worry, Kiumars! Laraine's got your eco-crazy back!
Tue 16 Sep 2008 @ 19:25Simmer for 3-4 hours! Kiumars is right. It uses up too much gas/electricity. Hasn't Jamie ever heard of pressure cookers? Nothing cooks stock like a pressure cooker...
Behold: A bunch of foodies who can't even make chicken stock without wringing their hands and filing an Environmental Impact Statement. We call it Stock Homemade Syndrome.
Fortunately, sanity arrives 13 months later in the form of peter Egan (an e.e. cummings fan that can't quite commit?), who comments:
2. peter EganHe's right. 3.5 hours of simmering stock is well worth it. (And we have an electric stove, so it's even cheaper in these parts!)
Thu 29 Oct 2009 @ 21:41Global warming... come on, i hope you don't have a car, use a furnace or air conditioner, wear anything made of rubber, watch television.... I could go on for days, 3.5 hours of simmering stock is well worth it, I make stock once a week, chicken and brown veal, and my gas bill was 12$ last month. Besides factories don't pollute right???