Lamb Kofta with Raita

 
Lamb kofta recipe

This is the traditional method for Kofta, you can also roll the meat into meatballs and sauté  in batches, as you would for any other meatball recipe.

Ingredients

4 large shallots, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced or grated

1 pound of ground lamb

1 large egg

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

1 tablespoon harissa - or substitute 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste if you don’t want it spicy

1 teaspoon garam masala

2 teaspoons Kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

For Serving

Cucumber Raita, for dipping (see condiments section)

Finely grated zest of 1 orange

Handful of fresh mint leaves

Equipment: 15 to 20, 10-12 inch wooden or steel grilling skewers (if using wooden, soak in water for 20 minutes)

Directions

1. Add the shallots, garlic, and ginger to a food processor and pulse to thoroughly combine.

Add the mint and cilantro and pulse again, then add the harissa and pulse until you have a blended paste of herbs and spices.

Add the egg and one-quarter of the lamb, then pulse to combine. Add the remaining lamb with salt, pepper and garam masala and pulse to blend, scraping the sides of the food processor as needed.

Pulse a few more times just to ensure the mixture has completely incorporated and transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl.

2. Separate the lamb into 10 to 12 even lumps and form each lump into a ball. Skewer each ball through the center with the grilling skewers. Wet your hands and begin forming the seasoned lamb around each skewer into elongated patties. You want the patties to be as even as possible and to cover about a 6 inch section of the skewer, leaving a good amount towards the blunt end of the skewer exposed for easy handling while grilling.

3. Grill or sauté in batches. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium. Grill over charcoal and make sure to scrape your grill clean and brush with a small amount of oil to avoid sticking. If you are sautéing, use a neutral cooking oil such as grapeseed or canola, and sauté over high heat in a cast-iron griddle or large non-stick sauté pan.

Garnish with orange zest and mint leaves. Serve with cucumber raita.

 

Ham Hock Soup

 
Ham hock soup recipe

Ingredients

1 Ham Hock

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

8-10 cups of chicken stock, vegetable stock or water

2 fresh bay leaves and 1 sprig of thyme, or Larder Club Soup Sachet

2 medium onions, diced

4 large carrots, diced

2 medium heads of fennel, diced

3 shoots of green garlic, substitute with 4 cloves of minced garlic

1 pound of cleaned chanterelles - quartered, substitute with quartered oyster mushroom

1 pound of dried split peas or fava beans

Sea salt or Kosher salt to taste

Directions

  1. The day before you plan to serve this soup, sear the hock in a heavy bottom stock pot on all sides and submerge in the pot with the 8-10 cups of stock or water. Then, cover the pot so you don’t evaporate the liquid during cooking. Simmer the hock on the stovetop until it is tender, about 2 hours. Chicken stock is ideal, but feel free to use vegetable stock or water. The hock will impart tons of flavor, so don’t feel bad if you don’t have chicken stock handy (although this is totally unacceptable if you are a Larder Club member:).

  2. When the hock is tender, remove it from the liquid and set it aside until it is cool enough to handle. Who you’re able, pick the meat off of the bone.

  3. Pour the stock into a container large enough to hold the liquid with plenty of headroom, and add the picked meat.

  4. Place the container with the hock and the hock fortified stock in your refrigerator, uncovered, to chill overnight.

  5. If you haven't already, mince your vegetables and refrigerate in an airtight container for tomorrow. Your “mis en place” is ready for tomorrow Chef!

  6. The following day, remove the fat on the surface of the stock.

  7. In the same heavy bottom stock pot from yesterday, heat the vegetable oil until it is very hot and sear your mushrooms on each side until they are caramelized. If you have a ton of patience and you’re super OCD with cooking like your friends at The Larder Meat Co. Center for Research and Development, lightly coat the mushroom quarters in olive oil and grill them over charcoal embers for best results. After your mushrooms are caramelized/grilled, slice them in smaller pieces about 1/16-1/8 of an inch thick and set them aside. You will add these to the soup last.

  8. In the stock pot, sauté the diced vegetables. When you smell the garlic begin to give off it’s aroma, add the fortified ham hock stock with the picked hock mea (add the soup sachet too if you have one).

  9. Add the split peas/split favas and bring to a simmer.

  10. Simmer the soup until the peas/favas are falling apart tender. This will take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  11. When the peas/favas are tender, add the caramelized mushrooms and season with the salt to your liking. Don’t skimp here, this soup can handle a good amount of salt so check the seasoning a few times until you really pull out the flavor of the ham.

  12. Enjoy this soup on the last cold evening of Spring with a thick slice of grilled bread.

 

Swedish Meatballs

 
Recipe For Swedish Meatballs

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

1/4 cup whole milk

1 cup of dried breadcrumbs or Panko, unseasoned

2 to 3 tablespoons rendered lard or neutral cooking oil, such as grapeseed or canola, divided use

1 large carrot, finely chopped

1 small head fennel, cored and finely chopped

3 large shallots, minced

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground pork

2 large egg yolks, beaten

2 teaspoons Kosher salt

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon black pepper, freshly cracked

For the Gravy

3 cups chicken or beef broth

1 large bay leaf

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup heavy cream

Kosher salt to taste (approximately 1 teaspoon)

For Garnishing

Fresh tarragon leaves

Freshly grated nutmeg

Cranberry, Lingonberry, or Raspberry Jam

Directions

For the Meatballs

1. Preheat oven to 225°.

Combine the milk and bread crumbs in a small mixing bowl and set aside.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm about 1 tablespoon of the lard or oil. Sauté carrot, fennel, and shallots until soft. Add a few pinches of salt and the garlic. Sauté until you smell the garlic, then remove from the heat, place on a small plate, cool to room temperature, and chill in your refrigerator.

2. Using your (clean) hands or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, thoroughly mix the beef, pork, bread/milk mixture, egg yolks, and spices. When the sautéed onion mixture is cool, add this to the mixing bowl and continue mixing until the ingredients are completely incorporated. Keep in mind that the more you mix, the firmer/more dense your meatballs will become.

Roll the meatball mixture into large marble sized rounds (about 2 tablespoons each) and place on a cookie sheet while you work. When finished, refrigerate for about 30 minutes to set.

3. Heat another tablespoon or two of the lard or oil in a large cast-iron skillet or other heavy bottomed frying pan and begin searing off the meatballs in batches. Fry the meatballs 5 to 8 at a time (this will make it easier to manage your heat and lightly brown each meatball without crowding your pan); fry the remaining meatballs in the same way.

After the meatballs are seared, transfer them into a baking dish (leaving fat in pan) and hold them in a warm oven while you make the gravy.

For the Gravy

1. Over low heat and in the same pan that you used to sear the meatballs, add the flour and whisk it into the remaining fat until it picks up the juices and bits left from the meatballs. Allow the flour to brown slightly, whisking frequently.

Slowly add the beef stock, whisking constantly it until it thickens.

Add the bay leaf and heavy cream to the gravy and whisk, stirring constantly, it until it reaches the desired consistency. It should take about 3 minutes for the gravy to become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. To test, dip a spoon in the gravy and drag your finger across the back of the spoon. If the gravy holds the line from your finger, it’s ready!

Taste the gravy and add salt if desired.

To serve, pour the gravy over the warmed meatballs, garnish with the tarragon leaves and nutmeg and serve with the jam on the side.

 

Fennel Seed Cornbread Stuffing with Bacon

 
Cornbread stuffing recipe

STUFFING:

INGREDIENTS

1 stick unsalted butter

1/4 pound bacon, diced

1 large leek, white part only - cleaned, halved and chopped 

4  celery stalks, chopped and leaves reserved

6 croissants, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 12 cups)

Fennel-seed cornbread (recipe follows),  cut into 1-inch cubes

2  tablespoons chopped fresh sage

2  tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne 

2  cups chicken, beef or pork broth

1/2 cup heavy cream 

4  large eggs


DIRECTIONS 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. In a large 10-12 inch skillet, sauté the bacon until 80-90% cooked - fat reserved.

  3. Add the butter. After the butter has melted, add the leek and celery. 

  4. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until the leek mixture is soft and translucent. Add the sage and thyme in the last minute of cooking. Remove from the heat. 

  5. Place the corn bread and the croissant in a large mixing bowl and toss in the leek-herb and bacon mixture.

  6. In a small bowl, combine the broth, cream and eggs and stir together. Incorporate this into the bread mixture and season with the salt and cayenne.  

  7. Return to the skillet to bake, uncovered, until golden brown on top. This should take 45 minutes to 1 hour.


CORNBREAD:

INGREDIENTS 

2  tablespoons bacon grease or canola oil

1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal

1/2  cup all-purpose flour

1/4  cup sugar

2  teaspoons baking powder

2  teaspoons Kosher salt

2  teaspoons fennel seed (toasted and ground)

1/2  teaspoon baking soda

2  cups buttermilk

2  large eggs, beaten

2  tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


DIRECTIONS 

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a 9- or 10-inch cast-iron skillet with the bacon grease and place it in the oven to heat while you mix the batter.

  2. Combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, ground fennel seed, and baking soda in a large bowl and stir to mix. Add the buttermilk, eggs, and butter and stir until just combined; do not over-mix. The batter should be lumpy.

  3. Pour the batter into the hot skillet and sprinkle the top with a little salt and the whole fennel seeds. 

  4. Bake until the top is golden brown and a sharp knife or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

 

Top 10 Tips For Cooking & Handling Steak

 
How to cook a steak

1. Always allow your steak to come to room temperature before cooking it!

This will help evenly heat the meat through the cooking process. Also, this will decrease cooking time because the interior of the meat is not heating from a refrigeration temperature to cooked temperature. 

2. Dry the surface of your steak before salting it and prior to cooking.

You do not want any moisture on the surface of your meat to interfere with the contact points on the heating element. In the pan, on the grill, or in the oven, moisture on the surface of the meat will inhibit the caramelization process. Note: as soon as you season the meat, the salt will begin to draw moisture away from the surface of the meat. So dry, season and dry again if necessary. 

3. Do not season your meat ahead of time.

I don’t care what anyone says, it’s not worth it. Not only will it alter the texture of the meat, but by the time it has any real affect on the interior flavor of the meat (4-6 hours) the salt will have brined the meat and can make it more dense and chewy. So when you are ready to place the steak on the heat, season liberally, pat it dry with a paper towel and place the steak onto the heat. I would make an exception for larger portions of meat like a roast in conjunction with the Larder Meat Co. All-purpose Roast Rub or a whole roasted chicken when using the Larder Meat Co. Poultry Dry Brine. These seasoning blends are designed to dry the surface of the meat and increase the rate of caramelization. 

4. As a general rule use high heat first then finish the cooking process with lower heat.

Here are a few examples using different cooking mediums:

Charcoal grill - Two minutes on each side over the hottest coals then move to a cooler portion of the grill and put the lid on (vents open) to finish with some smoke. 

Gas grill - Same as charcoal grill. Place meat over the hottest grill surface then move to cooler side and pull down the lid to finish. You will not get the benefit of lightly smoking the meat unless you are using a smoking element in your grill. 

Cast-Iron Pan - Sear your meat in a smoking hot cast iron pan with a light coating of neutral oil (Do not use olive oil. f your pan is hot enough to properly cook a steak, it will burn your oil). After a couple of minutes on each side, finish in a 400 degree oven. After a few minutes in the oven, when the steak is just about ready toss a pad of salted butter in the pan with a sprig of thyme and baste your meat with the browning butter and herb. This will make for a really flavorful and dark crust. 

5. Use a digital meat thermometer!

There are more ways than I can count to check the “doneness” of a piece of meat, but unless you are using a Thermal Circulator there’s only one way to actually know the interior temperature of your meat and that my friend takes the precision of a digital thermometer.

Most digital thermometers work fine, but here are a few of my favorites ranked from most to least expensive: 

Pro-status - This is probably more than you need. Unless you are Pro-status. 

Semi-pro - Want to be an absolute BOSS this Thanksgiving? 

BBQ Nerd Alert! - One of the most accurate pocket thermometers available 

Text me when it’s done! - Probe alarm with oven temperature display

My personal favorite - Always in my knife roll  

6. Let your meat rest.

Allow your steaks to rest in a warm place for at least 15 minutes before slicing. This will give the muscle tissue time to reabsorb some of the juices that have been pushed out during the heating process. As the meat cools (even slightly) the warm juices will thicken ever so slightly and hold onto the tissue. During this resting period your steak will continue to cook, called “carryover cooking.” So, remember to take your steak off the heat about 5 degrees lower than your desired internal temperature. This tip is really important with roasts as well! 

7. Before digging-in, drizzle some top-shelf olive oil over the steak and sprinkle it with some fine sea-salt.

Both Arbequina Olive Oil and Maldon Sea Salt are on my team for this play. This a chef trick that I’ve used for years. The oil, because it’s a fat, will spread the flavor across your palate while the salt, hitting your tongue first, will make you salivate and ensure a deep flavor experience. Don’t skip this step, it’s really a game changer. 

8. Use a sharp knife to cut your steaks.

A dull knife will just smash the meat and a serrated steak knife will just tear the steak. Really, your beautiful steak deserves better than that. A sharp blade will ensure even slicing and will help retain the steaks juices where they belong, first in the steak and then in your mouth. 

9. When you’re ready to slice the steak, slice against the grain.

If, because of the cut of the steak, you cannot slice against the grain just cut your steak into smaller pieces. Not only does cutting against the grain and into smaller pieces yield a more tender bite, but it also ensures you will cut through any connective tissue that would be inedible in larger bites. 

10. Dry aged steaks don’t need any sauce, pan drippings and blood will do.

But if you must, and often I must, I recommend a classic Worcestershire sauce. It’s the timeless fermented condiment, white-boy fish sauce if you will. I’m a Lea and Perrins man myself. The blend of spices, the umami-bomb tang that can only be achieved with the brand’s secret ingredient (a spike of anchovy and tamarind!, what?!!) and the paper wrapper (which is inevitably grease stained) all make for the perfect complement to a fatty dry-aged steak.

And #11, start with a high quality, grass-fed, pasture-raised, dry-aged steak from a source you trust. Who can you trust, you ask? Us, you can trust us, we make it a priority to source from local ranchers we know personally and we label every steak with the ranch it came from.

 

The Larder Burger

 
Grass fed beef burger

Ingredients

4 Quarter pound patties

1 Tablespoon of Larder Meat Co. Burger Salt or kosher salt 

4 Thick slices of cheddar cheese, or use american cheese if you like a gooey-melted cheese

4 Brioche buns

Assorted condiments

Directions

  1. Prepare a charcoal grill while you allow your patties to come to room-temperature.

  2. When your coals are white, liberally season your burger patties with the Larder Meat Co. Burger Salt or Kosher salt and place them on the hot grill. Grill for 5 minutes on each side for medium-rare.

  3. Add the cheese to the patties in the last minute of cooking and allow the patties to rest while you heat the buns.

  4. Heat the brioche buns on the grill. Buns will cook quickly on a hot grill, so keep an eye on them. You want a small amount of char on the bread and for the bun to get nice and toasted.

  5. Serve burgers with our Bacon Marmalade & Dijonaise (see reverse side for recipes) for the ultimate Larder Burger!



Larder Meat Co. “Dijonaise” 

makes about 1/2 a cup

Ingredients

1 large egg yolk 

1 lemon

1 clove of garlic, grated or minced throughly

2 teaspoons of cold water 

2 teaspoons smooth Dijon mustard 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/4 teaspoon cayenne 

1/2-3/4 cup grape seed or canola oil

Directions

  1. Dampen a kitchen towel and set it on your counter-top in a circular shape, set a stainless steel mixing bowl into the well in the towel.

  2. Put everything but the oil into the bowl and whisk to combine.

  3. Make sure the bowl is seated into the towel really well and begin drizzling the oil into the other ingredients while vigorously whisking. You want a light but steady stream of oil while whisking to create an emulsion.

  4. Keep whisking until all of the oil is incorporated and mixture is the texture of mayonnaise.



Larder Meat Co. Savory Bacon Marmelade

makes about 1 1/2 cups of burger condiment

Ingredients

8oz bacon, diced 

2 medium yellow onions, minced

1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced 

2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 Tablespoon molasses 

1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic 

1/4 teaspoon powdered ghost chili or cayenne 

1/2 teaspoon of whole mustard seeds 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

2 cups dry apple cider

Directions

  1. In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan caramelize the minced bacon on medium-low heat until it is golden brown. Don’t crisp it all the way. It’s nice to have it slightly chewy in the final product.

  2. When the bacon is browned remove the bacon from the pan and drain all but about 2 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat.

  3. Sauté the onions and apple in the saucepan until they are caramelized.

  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well to incorporate.

  5. Reduce until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture has the texture of a thick compote or jam.

  6. Add the bacon back to the mixture and combine.

  7. Store Bacon and Cider Marmalade in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

 

Beef Roast

 

Accurately measuring internal temperature and a sharp knife are everything!

How to make a beef roast

Have you ever tried to cook a roast? Did it suck? Did it involve a ton of searching for recipes of a cut you’ve never heard of, questioning Mom and Grandma, thumbing through the ancient recipe-scrolls of the Women’s League from a time when “Roasts” were synonymous with cooking supper and martinis were an appropriate palate cleanser, only to end up—usually after 5 hours of stressing out and opening and closing the oven 40 times—with a leathery knob of dried beef fit for a trans-Atlantic voyage to The New World? Well, I have. And yes, it sucked. 

Accurately measuring internal temperature and a sharp knife are everything! Nothing else matters in Roast recipe lore. 

There are recipes for slow-cooking some of these cuts, chuck in particular, but we are going to save those recipes for Winter and treat all roasts as equals for this one. I know, sacrilege. Whatever. I don’t believe in rules. I roasted a chuck roll last night and my crock-pot whimpered, wondering if it would ever see marathon slow-cooking sessions ever again. 

Anyway, here’s what Grandma never told you. Back in the day, she bought fat hunks of roast because it was the cheapest way to serve all 8 kids and your chubby uncle. Whether it was top-block or leg of lamb she cooked them all the same. Also, Grandpa liked showing off how dope his stag-handled carving set was; he always shaved off a patch of arm hair right before slicing razor thin portions from the perfectly cooked center-piece. Here’s what else Grandma never told you, she used Kitchen Bouquet to aide the browning process (KB ingredients include caramel color, vegetable base, sodium benzoate and sulfiting agents) and her meat thermometer was perfectly calibrated at all times. 

So, here’s all you really need to roast anything perfectly: Larder Meat Co. All-purpose Roast Seasoning, an accurate meat thermometer, and a ridiculously sharp carving/slicing knife. That’s it! Then, just follow my technique all the way to the table.

Special Equipment: 

1 digital meat thermometer  

1 small sheet pan with rack insert 

1 cast-Iron pan for searing, I’ve used this one from Lodge for years. 

1 professionally sharpened carving/slicing knife. or, do yourself a favor and get set up like mod-Grandpa with my personal favorite carving kit: this knife and this carving fork .

Ingredients:

1 2-3lb Beef Roast: Chuck, Clod, or Top/Eye of Round 

1 tablespoon canola oil 

1 packet of Larder Meat Co. “All-purpose Roast Seasoning” 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. While the oven comes up to temperature, allow roast to come to room temperature.

  3. When roast is tempered, heat your cast-iron pan while throughly drying the roast with kitchen towels. You can even leave the roast uncovered in your refrigerator to dry out overnight for best results.

  4. With half of the oil, wipe the roast and season it liberally with the AP Roast Seasoning.

  5. Sear the roast on all sides and place on the roasting rack.

  6. Place the roast into the oven and cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

  7. After 30 minutes, lower the oven temperature to 325 and roast for an additional 30 minutes.

  8. After 1 hour of total cooking time, remove the roast from the oven and check the internal temperature by inserting the digital thermometer into the center of the roast. It will probably be in the 100-115 degree range. Note: If for some reason your roast is in the 125-135 range, pull it, it’s done! If not, see next step.

  9. This is when you need to be like Grandma and start hovering in the kitchen because not everybody's oven heats the same and not all roasts are exactly the same size or shape.

  10. Put the roast back in the oven for 15 more minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 128-132 degrees. At this temperature range you are safe to remove the roast, lightly tent it with aluminum foil, and allow it to rest for at least 20 minutes—the longer the better.

  11. After the roast has rested, be like Grandpa and slice that bad-boy as thin as you possibly can and serve it on a warm platter with a side of horseradish. Make sure to shave some arm hair off first to show how sharp your knife is.

  12. Enjoy this roast technique with virtually all roast cuts and when you’re comfortable with the technique, get at that martini!

 

Meatloaf

 
Meatloaf recipe

Ingredients

For the Loaf

1 carrot, roughly chopped

1 small bulb of fennel, quartered, cored, and roughly chopped

1/2 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped

4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground pork  

2 large eggs, well-beaten

2 teaspoons Kosher salt

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 

1 teaspoon red chili flakes  

1 teaspoon dried thyme 

1 cup dry bread crumbs or Panko breadcrumbs, unseasoned 

For the Glaze  

1/2 tablespoon grapeseed or canola oil

3 large shallots, minced 

1/2 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, or soy sauce

1 teaspoon cider vinegar  

3 teaspoons dry mustard 

1 tablespoon dark-brown sugar 

Directions

1. While you assemble your ingredients, preheat oven to 350° and chill a large mixing bowl in your refrigerator. 

2. Place carrot, celery, yellow onion, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until vegetables are evenly minced, about 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure even processing.

3. In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

4. Transfer the vegetables and the ground meat to a large mixing bowl.

5. Add the eggs and seasoned bread crumbs to the bowl. With clean hands, knead the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Be careful not to over-mix or your meatloaf will become dense.

6. Press the meatloaf mixture into a parchment paper lined 5-x 9 inch loaf pan or Pyrex baking dish. 

7. In a small saucepan over medium heat, sauté the shallots in the canola oil until translucent. Add the ketchup, Braggs (or soy sauce), dry mustard, and brown sugar. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. Brush the meatloaf with three-quarters of the glaze.

8. Bake meatloaf for 45 minutes. Remove loaf from the oven and pour off any rendered fat into a heat-proof container, being careful not to let the loaf slip while tipping the fat off. Brush the remaining glaze onto the loaf and return to oven. Discard the fat after it has cooled.

9. Continue baking the loaf until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf registers 150°, about 15 minutes.

 

Whole Roasted Chicken

 
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Ingredients

1 Whole chicken, 3-3.5 pounds, completely thawed

1 Packet Larder Meat Co. Poultry Dry-brine (or 1 tablespoon of

salt mixed with 1 teaspoon of dried thyme)

2 Tablespoons rendered lard, grapeseed oil, canola oil, or other

neutral oil (for basting)

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter (also for basting)

Technique

Day before:

Take the chicken out of its packaging and pat dry with a paper

towel. Generously cover the surface of the chicken with the

Larder Meat Co. Poultry Dry-brine (or salt and thyme mixture).

Make sure to get the underside of the thighs, wings, and sides

of the breasts. Once the chicken is completely covered in

Larder Meat Co. Poultry Dry-brine, leave it uncovered to air-dry

in your refrigerator overnight. This will give the dry-brine time to

season and dry the skin of the chicken.

Day of:

1. Preheat oven to 475° degrees.

2. Place chicken on a wire rack in a roasting pan.

3. Add the oil or lard to the pan and place the butter on the crest of the chicken’s breast bone.

4. Place the chicken in the oven and roast for 20 min.

5. After 20 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 325°. Before returning the chicken to the oven, throughly baste with the drippings and return chicken to the oven to finish cooking, approximately 35-40 more minutes (Check the temperature, don’t rely on the time).

6. The chicken is finished when a probe thermometer reads 145°-150° degrees at the thickest part of the breast and 155°-160° at the hip-joint.

7. Allow chicken to rest in a warm area for at least 15 minutes prior to portioning.

 

CHICKEN BROTH

Ingredients

1 roasted chicken carcasses (wingtips are desirable)

Ice, approximately 1 pound (optional, cold water will work as well)

1 large yellow onion, diced

2 small carrots, diced

1 small head of fennel, diced

Small bouquet of thyme, parsley, fresh bay (optional)

Canola oil

Technique

Assemble your ingredients.

Transfer the carcasses to a stock pot large enough to accommodate the bones with plenty of headroom. 

Cover the bones with a generous amount of ice (This step is optional and will yield a more clear broth. If you don't have ice, just use cold water). They should be completely covered. If possible work the ice down into the stock pot and between the bones so that the ice is evenly distributed throughout the pot. 

Cover the bones with the water. The bones should be completely submerged, add more water if necessary. You want the water to go from as cold as possible to the final cooking temperature over an extended period of time. This will slowly extract flavor and nutrients from the bones and ensure a flavorful, nutritious and crystal clear broth. 

Place the stock over a medium burner and slowly bring the contents up to 170-190 degrees. Once the temperature is within that range, turn the burner down to its lowest setting. Maintain this temperature, which should look like a very light simmer, for about two hours.

While cooking the stock, skim off any foam that rises to the surface every 30 minutes or so. This is the proteins coagulating and rising to the surface. If you were to boil your broth these coagulants and any remaining fat will cloud your broth, capture many of the nutrients in your stock, and basically leave you with a cloudy, bone flavored, unappetizing meat water.

When you are satisfied that you have skimmed off all of the “impurities”, pitch in your aromatics. That is, add your onion, carrot, fennel, and if you choose add the bouquet of herbs.

Simmer for an additional 30-45 minutes.

Strain your broth through a conical sieve or basic kitchen strainer. If you want a clearer broth, strain the broth a second time through a cheesecloth lined strainer. 

Chill immediately or chill to below room temperature and/or proceed to processing for canning. The broth will keep for up to 5 days refrigerated or up to two months frozen. 


Always start with the best ingredients, and the best chicken is pasture-raised on small family farms, which is not something you can find at a grocery store. Not to worry, we include a whole bird in all three of our Larder boxes, get yours delivered straight to your door every month!