You have just had a great Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner, and now you have that left over turkey body. Now What?
Why not make easy Turkey Stock? Instead of just tossing those old bones, give them a boil, and you can use this for the base for many great soups, stews and more.
Not only that, but you will be surprised just how much more meat there is still left on those turkey bones. You may think you picked it clean, but you will be surprised after making your turkey stock, there could be enough for another meal!
It is easy! Just make sure to allow a couple of hours home time, and a big pot, and you will have the perfect turkey stock.Credit: morguefile.com
Things You Will Need
2 or 3 yellow onions quartered
6 large carrots, cut into 3 or 4 inch chunks
4 large stalks of celery
pepper to taste
To Make Turkey Stock:
1. In a large pot (one that will fit your turkey bones) put your turkey bones, with some turkey meat still attached, breaking into sections if you have to. Along with all the vegetables.
2. Fill the pot with cold water, make sure it totally covers the ingredients by at least a couple of inches.
3. Bring to a boil, then quickly turn it down to a simmer.
4. Simmer for 2 hours. (just below a boil, but NOT boiling)
5. Strain stock through a mesh sieve. (If you have a big pot, get help with this, a large pot can be heavy while trying to pour)
6. Let stock cool
There you have it! The Perfect and Easy Turkey Stock
If you are wanting clear turkey stock, then this is the recipe, but instead of getting rid of those cooked vegetables (that added flavor to your turkey stock) I personally keep them for soup, and also take any extra meat off the bones. (The meat will come away from the bones easily after being boiled) You can add these vegetables and meat to a few cups of your turkey stock for a great turkey soup or stew. Just an idea!
But many people like to have the clear turkey stock available for clear soup or for other recipes. You can get a lot of mileage out of a Thanksgiving Turkey, besides the nice dinner!
Many people throw out the turkey bones after, because its seems so big and daunting and usually you are quite exhausted from creating the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, to be bothered with the bones. I personally don't want to see another turkey for a long time! But am always glad I did this, a few months down the road.
After your Thanksgiving dinner, just wrap the turkey up in some foil and put it in the fridge, and deal with it within the next couple of days. Then you can have a great turkey soup, or stew, and freeze for later. Right now the thought of another turkey "anything" might be too much right now, but if you freeze the stock, you can be having a great soup in January or February when those cold winds of winter are whipping around.
You will appreciate a homemade turkey soup then.
In the meantime, if you don't plan on using your turkey stock right away, (you have about a week in the fridge once it is made) it can be frozen. Just label your containers, and try to use them within 6 months. I like to freeze them in 4 cup portions (depending on how much stock you had)
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