Making Turkey Broth from Thanksgiving Leftovers

Instead of throwing out the turkey carcass this year, turn it into and easy-to-make and delicious broth. You can use or freeze your broth. Add it to recipes that call for chicken broth or turn it into a comforting soup.

I find making our own broths and stocks especially helpful in making sure there are no wheat or grain ingredients since prepackaged broths and soups are big offenders for hidden gluten ingredients. I was surprised how many of them contain wheat ingredients when it’s so clearly not necessary. Our nearest grocery store (a Food Lion) doesn’t even carry a prepackaged gluten free broth or stock that we can use, we have to make a trip to Farm Fresh or Target if we don’t have any on hand and need to buy some.

So let’s get started making this turkey broth! I think you’ll appreciate the comforts of Thanksgiving every time you use it.

Stuff You’re Going to Need

• Turkey carcass
• 2 stalks celery
• 3 carrots
• 2 onions
• 10 cups water
• 2 bay leaves

Also, keep on hand vegetable peeler, sharp knife, cutting board, measuring cup, large pot and spoon that can withstand heat.

Step 1: Remove Any Required Meat from Carcass

If you are going to be making turkey soup or need any of the meat for another recipe, remove what you need before making the broth.

Step 2: Prepare the Vegetables

Next, peel the onions. Then cut the onion, carrots and celery into large chunks. They are being used to add flavor to the broth, so they don’t need to be finely chopped and there’s no need to peel the carrots either.

Step 3: Get Ready to Cook

Now you can add the vegetables and carcass to the pot. Don’t worry if your pot is a little overstuffed. As the ingredients break down, everything will fit in the pot nicely.

Add the 10 cups of water.

Add 2 bay leaves.

Step 4: Boil and Cook!

Bring to a boil and let simmer for 3-4 hours. Skim the fat off as you go along.

When done, strain vegetables and turkey. Your homemade turkey stock is now ready to use. See, that was pretty easy!

Enjoy your time in the kitchen!

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About Brian

A few years ago I had gotten really sick with a mystery infection that put me in the hospital for over a week. When I got home I wasn't much better off. I had to have foot surgery and was laid up on the sofa for awhile. In that time I watched alot of Food Network and really gained a passion for food and it's preparation, cooking for my family was something I could still do even when I wasn't feeling my best and it was a way to help myself reach a healthier goal as well. Now I find myself always looking for healthier options that still taste wonderful and with my wifes gluten allergy I have even more of a challenge of feeding everyone. Honestly ... I am loving every minute of it. Because my kitchen has become my place of Zen.


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