Test Kitchen tips: Freezing stock


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While store-bought broths can be good and are wonderfully convenient, nothing beats the intense, pure flavor of a homemade stock. Whenever I can find the time, I like to slowly cook up a batch and freeze it so I’ve always got some on hand.

To freeze stock, pour cooled stock into ice cube trays or muffin pans (like the silicone muffin pan pictured above). Freeze the stock in the trays, then pop out the frozen cubes and place them into labeled sealable plastic bags to store in the freezer. Thaw as needed.


Measure the stock before freezing as you’re divvying it up in the trays so you know exactly how many cubes to thaw for a recipe.

For more information on stocks and recipes for basic chicken and brown veal stocks, check out the article by former Times’ staff writer Amy Scattergood.

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