Homemade rabbit stock is super easy to make! Making it is a great way to utilize each animal fully and let no part of it go to waste. You can also increase the nutritional value of the foods you prepare with the rabbit stock. We like to use it to cook rice and sauces, as well as the more typical soups. Rabbit makes a great meat stock or bone broth depending on what your final plans for the meat are.
Rabbit stock is so easy to make!
- Place your skinned and cleaned rabbit into a crock pot or large stock pot.
- Add vegetables or herbs you have on hand. This is totally optional; it will still be good without anything extra! Some good choices include a quartered onion, peeled garlic cloves, carrots, dried chilies, bay leaves, thyme, winter savory, salt or pepper.
- Cover all ingredients with water
- Simmer until all meat is cooked. This should take a couple hours on the stove on low or four hours in the crockpot on high (this is the crockpot I use).
- Remove the meat from the bones and pour the rabbit broth into jars. I usually feed my chickens any softened vegetables.
- Return the cleaned bones back to the pot. Rabbit bones make awesome bone broth!
- Add a splash of apple cider vinegar to help pull minerals out of the bones.
- Fill pot with water.
- Simmer for twenty four hours. Pour the rabbit stock into jars. If your bones are still hard fill your pot with water again and make another batch. Once the bones are soft, feed them to the chickens.
What to do with rabbit stock
After you pull the meat off the bones it can be used in any recipe calling for cooked chicken. Once the stock is finished you can use it in a range of recipes! Use rabbit stock instead of water when cooking rice, potatoes, beans, or lentils. You can make stock based gravies with just a bit of butter and flour. Nourishing Traditions has my favorite recipe for gravy. Rabbit stock is an excellent base for soups and stews, such as perhaps a homemade tomato soup with fresh tomatoes, or creamy potato chowder from the potato patch. Once you know how to make a light roux you can sub rabbit stock for any recipe calling for a can of cream of something soup. It takes a few extra minutes, but the flavor will be better, and the ingredients list shorter. Plus, you can’t grow your own soup cans. 😉
What’s your favorite way to use rabbit stock? Share in the comments below!
Raising your own rabbits for meat can be a little unconventional, but the amount of food you can produce from your own backyard is phenomenal. By learning how to make an easy homemade rabbit stock you increase the range of foods that you can make from homegrown foods, as well as utilize as much of your rabbits as possible.
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