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I seem to recall a conversation on this site a while back about making broth from the turkey carcass. I've searched in a few places but can't find anything on this. If you have any special recipe for
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Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/18/2012 10:25 PM EST
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I seem to recall a conversation on this site a while back about making broth from the turkey carcass. I've searched in a few places but can't find anything on this. If you have any special recipe for making this broth, I would appreciate your sharing with me. I have the Thanksgiving turkey carcass in my freezer and I now need the freezer space for Christmas goodies. So I'm cooking up the carcass! Thanks, everyone!!

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 12:40 AM EST
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Verlee - I've never thrown away a carcass in my life.  I have no recipe - I just put the bones in a stock pot, cover them with water and bring to a boil.  Then I turn the heat down a bit and let the stuff cook away.  No special amount of time - maybe 2 or 3 hours.   If the water gets TOO low I add a bit more.   After the broth is cool I pour it into a heavy duty zip lock bag (or plastic covered bowl) and put it in the freezer.

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 12:42 AM EST
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I do not purchase whole turkey. I only use broth in a can or package to make dressing.

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 12:56 AM EST
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Hi Verlee,I always make Turkey carcass soup and also roast chicken carcass soup.I do mine in the slow cooker now but always did it on top of the stove low and long,I just cover it with water add a couple of stalks of celery a couple of large carrots and a whole onion.I wait to add salt and pepper just to see how much was left on the bones.I let this simmer for about eight hours after that I remove the celery stalks,carrots and onion.Remove all the bones.Then I strain the broth.You can leave it like this for use later for flavoring other dishes or you can go ahead and make soup,If I'm going to make soup I add parsley,chopped celery,carrots and onions.Adjust your seasoning salt and pepper to taste.Pick through the bones if you wish and set aside any meat.After the veggies are cooked add the meat if you wish and either rice or noodles.When I add noodles and rice I keep them cooked separately and add them to everyone's bowl then ladle in the soup.It will keep longer if you don't add the rice or noodles right into the soup.The roasted bones make such a difference in the broth very rich.Whenever I make beef soup I roast the bones.I'm having Prime rib for Christmas and I will save the bones and maybe even roast them some more to render out some of the fat. This makes a great beef vegetable with barley soup.It also makes me feel better getting a few meals out of the prime rib it being so expensive.

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 1:33 AM EST
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Thanks, Nancy and Gale, for your quick responses!

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 8:37 AM EST
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That's basically what I remember my mother doing. Put the carcass in a pot, add water and bring to a boil. After taking the bones out and taking off any remaining meat, add the rest of the soup ingredients, cook, and eat.

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 11:46 AM EST
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I never met a carcass that I didn't love!

I happen to have a pressure cooker but a stock pot will do just as well.
Remove as much of the meat as possible. 
Wing tips can go in the pot and if you don't like the wings themselves toss them in als.
Place the carcass and any pieces in the pot and add water to cover. 
I add an onion and and some celery tops for a bit of flavor.
Cook for 2 hours or so.  when the bones start to fall apart it's ready.
Pick out any bones and large bits, take out the onion and celery and toss it away.
When the broth is cool enough to work with without risking 3rd degree burns strain it into a container.
Toss out any of the stuff left behind after straining.

Refrigerate.
When it is cool you can skim off any of the solid fat and save that for using later if you wish.  (I love it in place of butter or oil when I make the soup, I sauté the veggies in the chicken fat)
Freeze the broth and freeze the fat if you are keeping it.

If I make rice or noodles for the soup I always cook them separately so they do not absorb all the broth and get mushy.  Make enough rice or noodles and store in a separate container when you re heat the soup just add the noodles or rice to the bowl and the hot soup will gently re heat the rice or noodles.

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 11:57 AM EST
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I always make broth from the carcass.

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 12:19 PM EST
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I don't think I know anyone who discards the carcass.  It should be treated with care.....it is as precious as gold!!

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 2:08 PM EST
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Pot is brewin' 'n stewin' and the old homestead smells glorious! Thanks again, all, for your input.

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 3:25 PM EST
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Verlee -- let us know what you do with the broth.    I always used some of mine to make gravy the next time I cooked a turkey.

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 3:48 PM EST
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The broth can be used to flavor vegetables,cook potatoes in the broth for mashed potatoes like Nancy said use for gravy anything you would use canned broth for but much more flavorful and it's free you already paid for the turkey.I use it for gravy when I make breaded pork chops and mashed potatoes too.The next time you make either a pork or beef roast consider making both together.My mom in law taught me this and the gravy is wonderful!

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 4:21 PM EST
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And of all the foods we consider valuable and precious --- gravy is the best

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 5:12 PM EST
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Pop that baby into a big old stock pot, cover with water and boil for a few hours!  Strain any bits off if you don't like them in your soup. 

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/19/2012 11:24 PM EST
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There's enough broth to make a batch of turkey noodle soup, which is tomorrow's dinner! The rest is in the freezer, and I will use it in the mashed potatoes and gravy on Christmas day. I also like to make turkey tetrazzini casserole (I've altered the recipe over the years from the traditional tetrazzini), and the 'sauce' in the casserole will get 2 cups of this broth. My house still smells yummy!!!

Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass

posted at 12/20/2012 9:04 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Making broth from the turkey carcass:
There's enough broth to make a batch of turkey noodle soup, which is tomorrow's dinner! The rest is in the freezer, and I will use it in the mashed potatoes and gravy on Christmas day. I also like to make turkey tetrazzini casserole (I've altered the recipe over the years from the traditional tetrazzini), and the 'sauce' in the c asserole will get 2 cups of this broth. My house still smells yummy!!!
Posted by Verlee T


YEAH!!!  Excellent job!!

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