Making homemade stock is time consuming. However, the process entails very little "hands on" work. Not sure why I feel the need to point this out anytime a dish takes more than 30 minutes or so to make. How did a seemingly arbitrary duration (i.e., 30 minutes) become the threshold for how much time one should devote to preparing a dish. As for anything requiring more than 30 minutes, well, for some, its's too much work, too time consuming, why bother?
You should bother, because the payoff is BIG. Not to mention, delicious. Not to mention, you're literally throwing money away if you discard those bones. You'll be amazed how a few ingredients can be transformed into the most heavenly of flavors.
You'll never want to go near those boxed stocks/broths again. Unlike the flat, tasteless store-bought stocks, homemade stock has depth of flavor. It's intensely flavored. It's a thing of beauty. It's fundamental. It's the basis to many a memorable dish. Homemade stock is your secret weapon in the kitchen.
Beef bones, lamb bones, chicken bones, fish bones, shrimp shells, vegetable scraps, leftover Parmesan rinds, etc., all make great stock.
Now that you have homemade stock, it's time to make soup. Duck Ramen is on tonight's menu.
Slurp away (your winter blues)!
Making duck stock is as easy as this:
First, I roasted the bones. Roasting the bones yields a darker, more flavorful stock. Simply place the bones in a roasting pan with carrot, onion, celery, shallot, garlic, and herbs, and roast for a good hour or so, until the bones are well-browned. Next, take the roasted bones, put them in a big stock pot with water and fresh herbs, and let them simmer away for a good two hours until you have the most flavorful, heavenly stock.
Strain. Refrigerate overnight (skim off the fat from the top). Use right away or freeze for a later date. You can cook down and concentrate the stock, and freeze in ice-cube trays for easy storage and use.
The next day, I reheated the stock and infused it with lemongrass, ginger, and star anise for my duck ramen soup.