If you’ve ever wondered why restaurant dishes taste so much richer than what you make at home, a roasted, concentrated chicken stock is the likely answer. Thankfully, rich, homemade chicken stock is easy to make at home, and will instantly elevate your home cooking. It makes the biggest difference in exceptional gravies and sauces, soups and stews, braises and glazes. With a mostly hands-off method, it couldn’t be easier to make—and a batch can last for months. A slow cooker makes homemade stock even more effortless. Let it cook overnight or while you’re out for the day.