Fish broth

Fun Facts

  1. Making fish stock is very simple and easy. A few quarts of water, a fishhead or two (plus some bones if you have them) and some vinegar. A gallon of fish stock will only set you back about $2 and be ready in only 4 hours. This compares with $20 or so for the leftover bones of a pastured chicken (and 24-48 hours of simmering) or $10-20 for 5 lbs of grassfed beef bones (and 48-72 hours of simmering).
  2. Do not use oily fish such as salmon for fish stock or you will stink up the whole house! Only use non-oily fish such as sole, turbot, rockfish or, my favorite, snapper. I’ve also used grouper in a pinch, but the stock does not taste nearly as good.
  3. Place water and fish heads/bones in a 4 quart stockpot. Stir in vinegar while bringing the water to a gentle boil. As the water first begins to boil, skim off any foam that rises to the surface. It is important to remove this foam as this is impurities and off flavors. Reduce heat to a simmer for at least 4 hours and no more than 24 hours. Cool and then strain into containers for refrigeration.

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