Lessons > How to Make Stock | Fundamentals

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Lesson Overview

One of THE first fundamental skills any professional culinary student is taught is how to make a delicious stock. By making and using your own stock, your cooking is guaranteed to be elevated to an entirely new level. Not only is making stock extremely rewarding, it will most definitely taste better and be healthier than anything you can buy. Most store-bought stocks are high in sodium and lack the gelatin that homemade stocks contain.

Often dubbed as liquid gold, a well-made, gelatinous stock is what enables chefs to make those restaurant-quality sauces. In fact, great chefs begins the week by making and storing a variety of stocks, which is one of the reasons why their dishes taste so good. Basically, if you can simmer water or make tea you can make stock – the process is extremely simple. Many people wrongly assume that making stock takes far too much effort; however, the actual work takes only a matter of minutes.

In this lesson, you will learn the fundamentals of making stock. You will learn about the equipment required, the basic components, the importance of simmering and skimming and how to strain and cool, defat and store stock. While this lesson will walk you through the process of making a white chicken stock, it is important to note that the principles you learn here apply to all types of stock.

If you seriously want to learn how to cook well, you need to know how to make stock. By simply using stock rather than water in almost any area of your cooking, you can effortlessly add delicious flavor to the food you cook – even to everyday rice and grains. By having quality stock on hand, not only will you have the foundation of a great dish, you will also be excited and motivated to cook a variety of new dishes.

Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • define what stock is
  • understand the importance of stock in cooking
  • list the ingredients used to make a white stock
  • identify all of the key principals and techniques to stock making
  • understand the effects of improper stock-making techniques
  • make white stock
  • incorporate your white stock into a few rouxbe recipes

Course Syllabus

START: Watch Lesson Platform Tour
1. How to Make Stock | Fundamentals 4 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. Stock Making Essentials 1 min
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4. Getting Started to Make Stock 2 mins
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5. Simmering & Skimming Stock 3 mins
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6. Adding Vegetables & Salt to Stock 4 mins
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7. Adding Seasonings to Stock 3 mins
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8. Straining & Cooling Stock 3 mins
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9. Practice Activities & Recipes 45 mins
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10. Defatting & Storing Stock 2 mins
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11. Lesson Quiz 15 mins
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Finish Line 1 hr 24 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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