Grandma's chicken soup for colds is not an old wives' tale. According to scientific research, chicken soup is packed full of anti-inflammatory properties. Eating soup when you are sick can help to unclog your nose by thinning the mucus and it will also aid in breaking up congestion in the chest. But, science aside, chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food for healing the cold weary.
I learned how to make chicken soup from my Alabama grandmother. Whenever I had a cold as a child, she would immediately start making a pot of delicious chicken soup. The delicious aroma would fill the old farmhouse as I snuggled under handmade quilts and anticipated that steaming hot bowl of golden broth. I must admit that having chicken soup made by my grandmother was the ultimate in treating a cold, but alas, I grew up and my grandmother passed away. Now it is my turn to make the chicken soup when a member of my family is ill from a cold.
Making chicken soup from scratch is easy. It is also perfect to freeze for future use. The absolute secret for making the ultimate homemade chicken soup is using chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are full of fat to make a good stock. It is what makes chicken soup, chicken soup. These are relatively cheap to buy in any grocery store. So start your soup with about six to ten chicken thighs in a big pot of hot water. Let the water reach a slow , low, rolling boil, and let them cook for about a 45 minutes. Once they are cooked, let the water cool a bit, remove the thighs and strain the broth into another bowl. After the thighs cool, you can remove the skin and shred the meat to put into your broth. Put the strained broth and the thigh meat back into the cooking pot. Sample the broth. If you used enough thighs, your broth should not need any chicken bullion. But, just in case, do keep a few cubes of bullion handy in case you need to kick the flavor up.
In another cooking pot make your rice. This way, you can control the amount of rice you want in your soup. Once the rice is ready, just scoop out the amount you want into a bowl and ladle in the broth. Of course, if you are sick you are not going to feel like making chicken broth. The secret is to do it ahead of time and freeze it. If you don't feel like making soup, then have at least six cans of store bought chicken soup on your shelf for seasonal cold emergencies. Of course, nothing beats the flavor of the real thing but when in a pinch a can of soup will do nicely.
Remember your friends as well as your family. Taking homemade chicken soup to a sick friend will definitely speed their recovery and make you feel like a million bucks for doing so. Life is good
.Article written by Linda Morgan Smith