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Chicken Barley Soup

Last night before I went to bed, I picked the chicken carcasses from the rotisserie chickens I bought at Costco the other day. I had already sliced and packaged the white and dark meats for the freezer the next day, as well as started the stock pot. I usually put off the tedium of going through the solids until I am down to the wire for safe storage. This only took me three days.

Once I had it all picked and strained, I brought the stock back up to a low boil, and added some carrots, a zucchini from my 82-year-old friend's garden, and a half-package of quick cook barley from Trader Joes . I let it cook for about five minutes, then turned off the heat, covered it, and let it sit overnight.

This morning, I added a bit more water for a broth-ier consistency, adjusted the flavor with a bit more salt and pepper. (You can read about how and with what ingredients I started my stock. Click here. ) Then I packaged in five containers--three for my friend, one for my freezer, and one for lunch.

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I need to get up and about now to go make my delivery to my friend. I not only have three containers of chicken barley soup, but a stacked-chicken-enchilada-style casserole, and chicken enchilada chili (soup) to deliver as well. That should be several meals for him, dependent on how he eats.

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CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 4:03 PM

I eat soup year 'round. I love it.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 6, 2015, 4:16 PM

I am a huge fan of soup, as well! I love a good vegetable and meat soup of just about any kind, or a thicker soup like my beef and barley. I also love chili and stews of all kinds as well. And yes, I will eat them year round emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 4:27 PM

Just one more similarity between the two of us.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 6, 2015, 10:21 PM

We dont eat much soup but that does sound good. It is supposed to be cooler in a couple of days maybe I will have to make some beef stew again

Shellyann36 wrote on July 6, 2015, 11:15 PM

I love it when you can squeeze so many meals out a few bird. It sounds so very good.

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CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 11:18 PM

wolfgirl569 The nice thing is that use more grain to soak up the broth. Now it's a stew. emoticon :winking:
We are supposed to have a cold spell this upcoming weekend. It will be in the 80s, they predict. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 11:27 PM

Hope you will like it now that I have the pictures to put up.

Mommyjen wrote on July 7, 2015, 1:08 AM

wow! looks yummy.

jiangliu1949 wrote on July 8, 2015, 6:00 AM

It looks to be yummy !You are a good hand at making chicken barley soup .

CoralLevang wrote on July 8, 2015, 8:46 AM

Thank you!

CoralLevang wrote on July 8, 2015, 8:47 AM

Thanks. Soups are "comfort" for me. It also represents community to me. Warmth of shared meal. I don't know if that sounds odd or not.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 8, 2015, 7:26 PM

That looks really good! I hope your friend liked it.

jiangliu1949 wrote on July 9, 2015, 4:23 AM

You are nice enough to share the soups you make personally with your friends .