Chicken broth is our life blood here. We eat in in some dish every single day. When it’s healthy bone broth it’s so good for you! I’m going to be downsizing my freezer soon and I wanted to find a new way to store our chicken broth. Generally I freeze it in broth cubes but what I’ve started doing lately is making dried chicken broth, it takes up much less space!
First I covered my dehydrator in wax/parchment paper. I have a few trays but not enough to cover the whole dehydrator. This works just as well. 🙂 I love my dehydrator, I have an L”Equip Filter Pro. It’s excellent for those of us with allergies and we literally have it running every day. (For homemade fruit roll ups, banana chips, ect)
Mmmm, liquid gold. This batch was so nice and thick too! You can read all about cooking a whole chicken and making chicken broth here.
Pour the broth onto the paper in the dehydrator, then use a spoon or something similar to spread the broth so it’s fairly even for drying. Make SURE you pour it on thick! Otherwise you won’t have anything to get off! Yes I was lazy and didn’t filter this batch of broth so there are chunks of chicken in it, oh well. 😉
Set your dehydrator on 150 degrees for 8 hours. You may need more or less drying time depending on your dehydrator so check it often. You want to make sure it’s very dry when you are done with it.
When it’s all very dry, remove the dried chicken broth from the dehydrator and break it into pieces.
When you are done you have some perfect dried chicken broth powder! Of course unless you added salt this will be far less salty then store bought broth so you may not be able to use it as a 1:1 replacement for other broth in recipes without adding a little extra seasoning.
Store it in a jar with a lid in a cool dark place or in the fridge.
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Of course you can always can your chicken broth too if the goal is just to save freezer space! You should also be able to make this recipe in the oven if you don’t have a dehydrator. Just follow the same directions and put it on a very low heat (under 200 degrees) until dry. You will want to watch it very carefully.
Do you make chicken broth regularly?