I thawed it out and unfortunately didn't get started until about noon. I should (in hindsight) have started it at 6am and all would have been well. Here's what I did but now I think I can't use the broth? I can at minimum use the meat.
I put cleaned chix, celery, onion, carrot and water to cover chix in a crock pot for 4 hours on low. Then pulled out chix and cooled for 30. then picked off all the meat broke down the carcas, skin,etc. and added a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Saved meat only and the rest went back into the crockpot for a mere 3 hours or until about 8pm.
Well I was SUPPOSED to keep it simmering for 6 - 12 hours but that would have meant keeping crockpot on overnight and the lid was already rattling from steam and bubbles and I just didn't feel comfortable leaving it going all night. I figured it would still be screaming hot for most of the night since it had been running already for 7 hours and thought it would still be quite warm in the morning.
Well it was barely warm. I think something bad bacterially happens if you don't get it put in the fridge to cool and that I'm not supposed to leave out at a certain temp because bacteria can breed? So I strained broth and its now in fridge but I'm afraid to use it and also I realize it never broke down the bones to get to the goodness that I'm supposed to be ingesting for baby...
Any thoughts? Is it safe to use in cooking or should I toss the stock? I'll def start early next go round so that I can simmer for the full 12 hours and then take off stove to cool before putting in fridge for eve.