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Canning Chicken Stock: Broth from Roasted Chicken (or Turkey)

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Homemade stock is a pantry staple that you can make right at home. Canning chicken broth or turkey broth requires a pressure canner, but you’ll love having shelf-stable chicken stock (or turkey broth) at the ready for cooking.

Use this convenient, shelf-stable broth for making your favorite soup.

dark brown chicken broth, in jars ready for canning

When you live off-grid, storing food without freezing or refrigeration becomes the norm. A root cellar, loads of fermentation vessels, and a pressure canner will be your means of food preservation.

Because turkey and chicken broth is such a staple food and because butchering chickens means more broth than we can eat up at one time, I turn to pressure canning. The process for canning chicken stock is dead simple once the broth is made. Then when soups, stews, and sauces are on the menu, it’s easy to pop open a jar when we need it.

Just a quick note that broth, like all other low-acid foods, must be canned using a pressure canner. A water bath canner is not sufficient to safely preserve low-acid foods.

Canning Safety

Canning is an excellent way to preserve food for the pantry, but there are some important safety considerations to keep in mind. 

  • Know the difference between water bath canning and pressure canning. Low acid items must be pressure canned for safety. 
  • Altering ingredients may change the recipe’s pH, posing a safety issue. 
  • Use the proper jars and lids. Never reuse lids, with the exception of the Tattler lids that are intended for such a purpose.
  • For more on canning equipment, please go here
  • This recipe has been made following safe canning procedures.

Canning chicken stock with a pressure canner

Prepare the broth by covering turkey or chicken bones with cool, filtered water in a large stock pot. You can add vegetable scraps or parsley as well. Cover the pot and allow to simmer for at least one hour, or up to twelve hours. Allow the broth to cool slightly, strain and skim the fat, and return to a pot and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile prepare your pressure canner by adding water and beginning to heat the water according to the manufacturer’s directions. Carefully fill the jars, leaving 1-inch of headspace.

Related: Easy Canning Recipes for the Novice Home Canner

canning jars in pressure canner

Related: Home Preservation: Canning Equipment and How to Get Started

Wipe the rim of the jars with a cloth dipped in soapy water. Place clean lids and rings on jars and process as follows:

For a dial-gauge canner:

Process time          0-2000       2,001-4000      4,001-6,000    6,001-8000

Pints   20 minutes            11 lbs         12 lbs              13 lbs              14 lbs

Quarts 25 minutes           11 lbs         12 lbs              13 lbs               14 lbs

For a weighted-gauge canner:

Process time           0-1000 ft       above 1000 ft

Pints   20 minutes             10 lbs            15 lbs

Quarts 25 minutes            10 lbs            15 lbs

Allow canner to completely depressurize before opening canner. Remove jars and allow to cool completely. Remove rings and wash the outside of the jars with a cloth before storing in a cool, dark place. Use your homemade turkey or chicken stock in recipes like this DIY Cream of Mushroom Soup or Easy Lentil Soup. Canning chicken stock for your pantry is a great convenience!

Home Canning with Confidence

If you’re new to canning but love the idea of filling your pantry with shelf-stable pantry items, consider investing in this Home Canning with Confidence e-course with my friend Melissa Norris from Pioneering Today. 

In it, Melissa covers everything from basic canning safety to pressure canning your own meat. (Yes, you can do that!) Head over to Home Canning with Confidence to learn how to embrace this method of food preservation and keep your pantry stocked with homegrown produce!

homemade broth in glass jars

Originally published November 2017; this post has been updated.

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Meet the Author

Shannon Stonger

Shannon Stonger is the founder of the blog Nourishing Days, where she shares her family's journey towards sustainability. She is the author of The Doable Off-Grid Homestead, Traditionally Fermented Foods, and the sourdough baking book 100% Rye. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and lives with her husband, five children, and various farm animals on their five-acre homestead in Texas.

7 comments… add one
  • Liz (Eight Acres ) Nov 24, 2017, 9:54 pm

    Yum! I always make stock 🙂

  • andrew palmer Nov 28, 2017, 3:16 pm

    when canning stocks how long is the shelf life and whats the best to store it

  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018, 5:06 pm

    Thank for the information. Very informative.

  • Mary Anne Nov 9, 2018, 4:03 am

    I made chicken stock for the first time and it was super easy and tasty. I probably didn’t start out with enough water and when I refrigerated it, it became thick gelatin. I need to add water (obviously) before canning, but how much. The commercial stock is very thin IMHO and I question canning such a thick substance. How do you determine the liquidity level?
    Also, it is okay to mix chicken stock with turkey stock and pc them together? Many thanks!

    • Kris Bordessa Nov 11, 2018, 1:48 pm

      You don’t need to add water; just reheat it and then pour into jars. And absolutely you can combine turkey and chicken stock!

  • Reena Bansal Aug 19, 2020, 3:19 am

    I recall reading somewhere that “stalk” refers to the whole bunch of celery, and “rib” is that single piece that most of us think of as s stalk. Weird, huh?

    • Kris Bordessa Aug 20, 2020, 4:07 pm

      I’ve never heard that, but what most people call a “bunch” of bananas, we call a “hand.” A bunch is the entire stalk.

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