Complicating the Details
Why do we get so hung up in details? It truly is an all-or-nothing attitude, an it drives me crazy!
I’m making chicken stock for the first time. I was going to make it over night, but I didn’t plan my bird-cooking time right at all. At 3pm the chicken was ready to go. So I needed to start the broth.
Hindsight: I guess I could’ve put everything in the fridge until later… But that didn’t occur to me at the time. Haha!
I froze. The recipe I happened to be looking at said “low for 8-10 hours.” that would be late though! I don’t want to stay up! Is it ok to leave the bird drippings and bones on the counter until tonight? Again, the fridge has not occurred to me at this point. Oh my goodness! What do I do!?
I looked at other recipes: “high for 6 hours” “simmer for 12 hours” “low for 6 hours.” the cook times ran the gambit.
Again, I froze. How do I know the right way!?
Then something occurred to me. I’m making broth for my family. This is a good thing. It’s also a simple thing. Carcass + water + heat. So why was I complicating it?
I filled up the crock pot and put it on high for 6 hours. I’ll take a look at it and taste it then. Well see if I want to cook it longer. If I do, I will.