Do as I say, not as I do

April 21st

April 2014 Oh, how crafty did I feel making homemade chicken stock this week? I let it simmer over night; I awoke to the entire (small) house smelling of onion and celery and savory deliciousness. Of course, I’m always low on tupperware. It never seems to fail that I do not have the right sized container I need in the moment. Ah, why not freeze all that strained chicken broth in mason jars? Look how pretty! This will be perfect to use for that Easter risotto!

Actually, no.

What happened was more like this: Easter morning I pulled the broth out of the freezer to find the tops had lifted and bent. Frozen broth was all over the freezer. I over filled the jars and when they froze, they expanded. I was lucky only the large jar cracked, rendering the broth unusable. I was unlucky I didn’t realize this until I went to make the risotto and was 4 cups short. Gah. April 2014 Thankfully, I made it work. I also made Thomas Keller’s roast chicken for dinner, which looked beautiful, but was of course under cooked. The internal thermometer and my meat thermometer failed me. We were able to eat some, but most of it went back in the freezer to be used for the next round of stock, which will not be frozen in mason jars. At least the pantry was successfully tidied up. April 2014 April 2014 And egg-free birthday cupcakes delivered and enjoyed without any complaints. Minor victories! I’ll take them. What are you cooking this spring? ~K

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  1. The mason jar tragedy – I’ve experienced it too. Leaving a healthy inch of free space at the top seems to work wonders! Roasted chicken? That’s another story. It’s either undercooked or overcooked every time. Let us know when you discover the secret. Looks like a beautiful meal. Hope your holiday was a joyful one. 🙂

  2. I love the Thomas Keller roasted chicken, but I’ve also undercooked it for company before. It’s a bummer, but worth trying again.

  3. *chuckling* … the phrase do as I say not as I do gave me a laugh this morning and made me think of my Pop … it was a phrase he would use jokingly with me as a child … as for what I’m cooking … or just cooked … golden syrup dumplings as a bit of a treat 🙂

  4. Kitchen time is nothing without adventures such as these! 🙂 I’ve never put mason jars in the freezer because I have that fear. Last week, I watched in “slo-mo” as a quart jar of iced coffee slipped from my hands as I was putting it back in the fridge – thankfully it was less than 1/4 full as it shattered & flooded the floor. Roast chicken – I just did one for the first time within the last 6 weeks – I actually had a “pin win” from a recipe I saw on Pinterest – roasted on a bed of sweet potatoes & citrus – will be my go to from now on. Yay on the egg-free cupcakes – it seems like baking substitutions are among the trickiest things to achieve.