Sunday, November 25

Homemade Turkey/Chicken Broth

As we are all enjoying turkey leftovers, and other fall flavors, I am regressing back into my cold weather November soup mode. Soup, that food that is so comforting, warm, inviting, throat soothing, that it fills your kitchen full with good smells.  

This broth is useful in many ways. First, it can be the base for any broth based soups, second this liquid can be added to rice to give it more flavor than plain ol' water, third it replaces chicken broth in recipes to save you money, and last it uses the turkey bones from the turkey that may or may not still be in your fridge. You bought the turkey you should use all of it. 

This is a super easy recipe and it freezes well. This also may be used to make chicken broth/stock by subsituting chicken bones for turkey ones. 


1 onion quartered
1 handful of fresh parsley (keep this whole)
1 huge handful of fresh rosemary (keep this whole)
2 large carrots chopped into large pieces 
3 stalks of celery chopped into large pieces including leaves
1/8 cup pepper
1/8 cup salt (yeah not joking about this - trust me)
Your entire turkey carcass (all the turkey bones)

Put all the ingredients in the largest pot you have. Then fill almost to the top (about an inch to spare) with cold water.  Stir with a large spoon... bring to a boil and then lower the heat to low. Put a lid on it and simmer for 3 hours.

Let it cool on the stove (took about 1/2 hr). Drain the liquid broth off and put the broth in the fridge. The fat will separate over night.  

(optional) Go through the chunks of non liquid stuff. Yes it looks gross I know. Keep going. There usually a good handful of dark meat to be found. Pick out any meat you can find, keep the meat, throw away the bones.  Keep the softened cooked veggies for a flavorful, vegetable pureed soup. Click here  for a great veggie soup recipe.

The next morning just skim the surface with a spoon to get the fat off. 

Divide into portions for easy use in the next couple days. Freeze any amount you aren't going to use over the next week

Slow simmer creating tons of flavor

Keep enjoying those fall flavors!

From my Az kitchen to yours

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