Most stocks have been simmered for hours and waiting on the shelves for you to buy for weeks! Not only that, but many contain hidden MSG. If you’re sensitive to tyramine build-up, consider making your own at home. One great way to do this is with an instant pot, which cuts down your simmer time to minutes instead of hours. If you buy an unflavored, fresh rotisserie chicken from a store, you can pick off the meat to freeze for lunches and use the bones for stock. If you do not have an instant pot, you can make this on high in a crock pot for 4 hours.

1 rotisserie chicken carcass or chicken bones
8 cups filtered water
1 large shallot, peeled and halved
2 large carrots, rough chopped
2 celery sticks cut into big pieces
3 large garlic cloves, peeled
1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
a handful of fresh parsley, thyme, and rosemary (use what you have)
1 bay leaf
2 tsp white vinegar
kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

1. Place all your ingredients in the instant pot and pour 8 cups of water over your veggies and chicken. If you have a smaller instant pot, make sure you don’t exceed the fill line. Lock your lid and close your release valve. Set to “pressure cook” for 40 minutes.

2. Once the 40 minutes are complete, I prefer to do a natural release by allowing it to sit another 20 minutes before I turn the release valve. If you are in a hurry, you can do a manual release, just be careful with the steam as broth tends to spit out quite a bit.

3. Take out your inner silver pot and strain the stock, throwing away the chicken and veggie remnants. Allow it to cool and then skim the fat off the top. You can place in individual ziplock bags or ice cube trays to easily freeze for later. I store what I need on hand in mason jars.

Alicia Wolf
Alicia is a Vestibular Migraine patient on a mission to offer positivity, hope, and encouragement to other migraine suffers. She develops delicious migraine-friendly recipes that are easy to make, and shares her work and experiences online at TheDizzyCook.comMigraine Again, and as an Ambassador for the Vestibular Disorder Association.