I smoke a chicken or two a week and i also make home made soups on occasion and use chicken/vegetable stock all of the time.
Why i haven't added up 1 and 1 used my bird left overs to make soups and for recipes(until recently) is beyond me. Many of you freeze your left overs to make stock or make stock and freeze that but there are many out there that are "bone heads" like myself and don't save the leftovers to make stock.
Would you rather spend 1-4 bucks on store bought stocks, not know exactly what's in it or just use what you have left over from all of your ham,chicken and beef bones etc.. smokes for stocks?
It's so simple to make stocks i wish someone would have pointed this to me out decades ago...
Here's todays use of chicken stock, just a simple simmering of a birds leftovers for a few hours.
Left over tomato's from BLT's, northern beans, green split peas, onions, carrots, chicken stock etc....BTW total cost $3 which would have been about 7-10 dollars if i would have gotten everything from the store.
I also save some stock in a container for my spoiled mutts to mix in their dog food because they think they're too good just to eat regular dog food...lol
Make your own stocks!!!