Making your own bone broth is super easy. It’s a great use of leftover turkey and the stock is perfect for soups, casseroles and other recipes.
How I turned my turkey leftovers into this turkey stock recipe
Have you ever made your own turkey stock? Every time I’ve made a turkey (and I’ve made a TON of turkeys) I’ve always thrown away the carcass with a bit of a guilty feeling, but making my own sounded like SO much work.
And what the heck would I make with Turkey Stock? Now of course I love cooking with broths and stocks so I know EXACTLY what I’ll make with the stock!
AND it’s SO easy, and fits naturally into the FEAST clean up. In fact you can use any bones to make this bone broth recipe
You can save the neck and giblets, or toss them. The first time I decided to make the stock I had already thrown both away, but the last few times I’ve kept them and been glad I did!
Just throw them into a gallon sized bag and toss them into the fridge while your turkey cooks.
The best part of making your own stock is that you can toss in just about anything!
It’s kind of fun trying something a bit new each time! But you want to stick with some of the classics, onions, carrots, celery…
EASY PEASY! After we eat our AMAZING Turkey dinner (which I make at least three times a year, this last year 5…) I strip the carcass down as much as I can and get the stock started.
Then we put away leftovers, do dishes, and enjoy the rest of the day!
I leave it simmering until we go to bed, so how long it simmers totally depends on what time we ate! At LEAST 4 hours, sometimes more.
AND bonus? it smells amazing all evening long!
Just take me to the Turkey Stock Recipe already!
If you’d rather skip my tips and tricks for making your own bone broth, along with links to other leftover turkey recipes and get straight to this delicious turkey stock – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Is Turkey Stock the same as broth?
Technically stock is made from bones while broth is made from meat and veggies. Because of the long cook time extracting out all the good stuff from the bones Stock has a richer flavor. BUT people tend to use “broth” and “stock” interchangeably.
Can I use stock in place of broth in recipes?
YES! And you can easily swap out this turkey stock or chicken broth or any other broth. It will just change the flavor a little but will totally work.
How long is stock good for?
Left in the fridge the stock will be good for 4-5 days after you strain the fat off. If you leave the fat layer on top and leave it in the back of the fridge it will last 5-7 days. I usually leave enough in the fridge for my turkey and wild rice soup and a turkey pot pie and freeze the rest. It will last 6-9 month in the freezer (depending on how well it’s packaged
How to make your own turkey stock
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Here are some recipes that use bone broth!
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How to make your own Turkey Stock
- 1 Turkey Carcass, neck and giblets
- 1 onion quartered
- 2 celery stalks or a celery base
- 2 carrot or a handful of baby carrots
- 2 shallots quartered
- 4-6 cloves garlic smashed
- 4 bay leaves
- 8 springs any herbs you love I like sage, parsley, thyme and rosemary if I have them
- salt and pepper
- 24 C water
- Place the carcass in a large stockpot, break it in half if you need to
- Add everything else and cover it all with water.
- Cook over medium heat and bring it to a boil
- Turn it down to low and simmer for 4-5 hours (or longer), skimming off any foam that settles on top
- Strain the stock and let it sit overnight
- Skim the fat off the top and pour into containers. It will be good in the fridge for a week, or you can freeze for 6 months