One of the greatest things about thanksgiving and the holiday season are all of the amazing leftovers that your family has pushed upon you. That being said, It's not without use! You'll find that you can do some wonderful things with those leftovers, specifically the mounds of turkey left sitting in your fridge. This recipe will guide you through how to make Turkey Broth, or Turkey Stock. It shouldn't take over an hour and you'll end up with an amazing bit of broth that far outshines any canned alternatives. Oh, and of course you'll have a hunk of turkey that's twice as delicious as when you started!
- 3-4 lbs of turkey
- 1 large onion
- 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 Celery stalk, roughly chopped
- Salt and pepper
- Several sprigs of parsley(Optional)
- Simply add all of the ingredients together into a large pot with 14 cups of water, and turn the heat to high. (Optional) Cut up the turkey, or used the pre-sliced turkey strips instead of a whole bird to speed up the process.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat so that only a few bubbles are coming up at a time. Cook until the turkey is done, should be between 30-60 minutes depending on the size and amount of turkey. Be sure to skim off any foam that accumulates on the broth.
- Once the turkey is finished, cool slightly, and then strain. Be sure to press against the solids in the mixture to squeeze out all of the extra juice. At this point you may leave the turkey in or remove it and use it for something else. After discarding any excess turkey simply add a little salt and pepper to the mixture
- Decide whether or not you want to eat it now or if you want to save it for later. You can refrigerate it for around three days, or freeze it for up to three months!
The broth will be incredibly hot when you take it out, be very careful not to burn yourself pouring or eating the broth as it's Extremely painful. We've all been there, and it's no fun at all.
This broth might taste a tad richer than your average broth and will definitely give your taste buds a bit of a jolt. It's goes great with turkey, a salad, and works wonderfully as an appetizer for your family, friends, and guests. Enjoy your homemade Turkey Broth!