Egg Raft for Clarifying Cloudy Stock
photo by Bonnie G #2
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- Filter your stock as much as possible. There should be no solid residues in it. Like small pieces of meat, spices, skin, etc. Warm the stock slowly in a thick bottomed saucepan.
- Beat the egg whites with water and the acid.
- Crush the eggshells and whisk them into the egg mixture.
- Mix the egg whites into the stock, turn up the heat and bring it all to a boil.
- Turn down the heat when it boils and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Take the stock of the heat and let it cool for about fifteen minutes.
- There should now be a raft of stiffened egg whites on top of the stock and the stock should be more clear.
- Sieve the stock gently through a sieve lined with damp cheesecloth. If possible, use a sauce ladle to scoop it carefully into the sieve instead of pouring it. Avoid getting egg white with over the edge of the sieve.
- The easiest way to get a clear stock is to avoid it being unclear to begin with.
- Use raw pieces of meat. Unfortunately that is impossible when you make a dark stock so --
- Don't crack the bones.
- Never let the stock boil. Only weak bubbles and simmering. Boiling emulsifies the fat from the meat and binds it to the water.
- Only boil the vegetables along for the last hour. When the vegetables are soft, they begin to fall apart. This also makes the stock unclear.
- [This is the real difference when you clarify stock. no film tricks here -- ].
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I made chicken stock for the first time and, unfortunately, did all the things Bonnie said NOT to do while making it...the result was a lot of delicious, but cloudy stock despite my best efforts to strain multiple times, skim, use cheesecloth, etc. I was skeptical this method would work, but I am writing my first ever recipe review to say it WORKS, and WORKS WELL! I wish I had taken a before pic to illustrate the difference! My stock is now golden and clear. Thank you, Bonnie!
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