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Chicken Stock "Etiquette" Question

egit | Feb 10, 201109:29 AM

Hello Hounds --

I have a question that I couldn't answer by searching this board. I don't know that it will yield a right or wrong answer. I'm just curious what you all think of this.

If I have some people over, and serve them each a roasted half chicken, is it "okay" to make a stock from the bones after the chicken has been on someone's plate? What if I plan to use that stock in a meal for other guests in the future? What if everyone acted like they were raised by wolves, and ate with their hands? :-)

My personal feelings are that it's okay because the water -> stock will be plenty hot. But it will probably never reach a full boil... gentle simmer at the most. How would you feel if you knew a stock had been made with "used" bones in this way?

Secondary question, just out of curiosity: Can restaurants do this?

Apologies if this has been discussed before. I couldn't find this kind of discussion by searching.

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