Slow Cooker Turkey Broth from Turkey Carcass is the perfect recipe for nourishing bone broth. So many of us throw the turkey carcass away after the holidays. Why not make your homemade turkey stock for pennies?
Making your own homemade turkey stock is incredibly easy to do. You simply chop up vegetable scraps you save, seasoning, the turkey carcass, and add water to your slow cooker. I like to cook my bone broth on low for 9-12 hours.
I think most of us are becoming more conscious of food waste. A good use of your whole turkey carcass is to make homemade broth that can be your base for your favorite homemade turkey soup recipe.
To make a more flavorful stock, leave some leftover meat on the bones. Experiment each year with different fresh veggies and fresh herbs from the carcass of your turkey dinner.
Is bone broth good for you? Bone Broth Benefits
Yes, it is! According to Healthline.com, bone broth has many health benefits. Animal bones are rich in magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It also may help improve inflammation and the immune system by helping aid the digestion of other foods.
How to use turkey stock?
You can use this slow cooker turkey broth in soups, gravy, and sauces. Some people even use it as a health drink.
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Here’s How to Make Slow Cooker Turkey Broth from Turkey Carcass:
Ingredients for Easy Turkey Stock
Carcass of turkey (including legs and wings)
4 celery stalks cut up with leaves cut up in large pieces
4 medium unpeeled carrots, cut up in large pieces
1 large unpeeled onion, cut up in large pieces
5 unpeeled garlic cloves, halved
Small bunch fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon sea salt or coconut aminos
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Enough filtered water to fill slow cooker to the top
Directions for Making Homemade Turkey Stock in a Slow Cooker
Cut the turkey wings at the joints into three pieces.
Place the leftover bones, vegetables, and the rest of the ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker or larger. Cover with cold water and set the cook time on low for 9-12 hours.
Strain your homemade turkey broth into a large bowl using a fine mesh strainer.
Throw away the vegetables, turkey bones, peppercorns, bay leaf, garlic, and other seasonings. Let the turkey stock cool to room temperature before refrigeration.
Place the slow cooker turkey bone broth in the refrigerator overnight and skim off the fat that has become hard on top of the broth in the morning.
You can store the homemade turkey stock recipe in Mason jars or freeze them in measured portions in freezer-safe containers.
Tips for Making Slow Cooker Turkey Stock
- You want to be moderate on the seasoning when making homemade stocks. The reason for this is when you use the broth to make homemade soup, adding more ingredients can make the flavor overpowering.
- Avoid adding cabbage and turnips to the turkey broth. They will overwhelm the flavor of the stock.
- Crack the turkey bones every inch or so before cooking for a richer soup stock.
- Don’t skip adding the apple cider vinegar. It will help draw out the minerals and nutrients from the bones.
- You can find a fine-mesh sieve here on Amazon.
- Save your leftover turkey bones and vegetable scraps in the freezer until you’re ready to make the bone broth.
- You can freeze turkey bone broth in ice cube trays when you only need a little stock. After the ice cubes freeze place them in a freezer-safe container or a freezer bag.
- This same recipe can be used for chicken broth.
- You can make this delicious turkey bone broth in a large pot or large stock pot as well. It will also work well in your Instant Pot.
- Fresh thyme can be used in place of dried thyme for flavor in this delicious broth.
- Leave out the onions and garlic if you’ll be adding this homemade turkey broth to food for dogs.
- Use this homemade stock to flavor rice, beans, or vegetables.
How long does Turkey Bone Broth in the Slow Cooker last in the refrigerator?
This slow cooker turkey bone broth recipe will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator when properly stored.
How long does Turkey Bone Stock last in the freezer?
Strained broth will last up to six months in the freezer if it’s properly stored in an airtight container.
How do I make turkey broth from the carcass?
To make turkey broth from the carcass, start by placing the carcass in a large stockpot. Add aromatics like carrots, celery, onions, and herbs. Cover with cold water and use your crockpot to simmer for several hours. Bring broth to room temperature and strain.
What ingredients should I use to make turkey carcass broth?
Ingredients for homemade turkey broth typically include the turkey carcass, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and peppercorns. These ingredients add depth and extra flavor to your broth.
Can I use the giblets and neck to make turkey broth?
Yes, you can add the turkey giblets and neck in your turkey broth for extra richness. Just be sure to remove excess fat or membrane from the giblets before adding them to the pot.
What can I use the turkey broth from carcass for?
Turkey broth is versatile and can be used in various dishes like soups, stews, gravies, sauces, risottos, turkey gravy, and more. It adds a delicious turkey flavor to your recipes and can be a valuable kitchen staple.
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Recipe Card for Homemade Turkey Bone Broth with Nutrition Facts
Slow cooker turkey broth couldn't be easier to make. You simply save your turkey carcass and vegetable scraps. Add them to your slow cooker along with some seasonings.
- Carcass of turkey (including legs and wings)
- 4 stalks celery, cut up in large pieces with leaves
- 4 medium carrots with skin still on, cut up in large pieces
- 1 large unpeeled onion, cut up into four sections
- 5 garlic cloves with skin still on, halved
- Small bunch fresh parsley
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt or coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Enough filtered water to fill the slow cooker to the top
- Cut the turkey wings at the joints in three pieces.
- Place the turkey carcass, vegetable scraps, and the rest of the ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker or larger. Cover with water and cook on low for 9-12 hours.
- Strain your turkey broth over a large bowl using a fine mesh strainer.
- Throw away the turkey bones, vegetables, and seasonings. Let the turkey stock cool.
- Place the turkey broth in the refrigerator overnight. Skim off the fat that has become hard on top of the broth in the morning.
- You can store your turkey stock in Mason jars in the refrigerator or freeze the broth.
You want to be moderate on the seasoning when making homemade stocks. The reason is when you add the broth to make homemade soup, adding more ingredients can make the flavor overpowering.
Crack the turkey bones every inch or so before cooking for a richer stock.
Avoid using cabbage and turnips to the turkey broth. They will overwhelm the flavor of the stock.
Don't skip adding the apple cider vinegar. It will help draw out the minerals and nutrients from the bones.
Save your leftover turkey bones and vegetable scraps in the freezer until you're ready to make the bone broth.
You can freeze turkey bone broth in ice cube trays when you only need a little stock. After the ice cubes freeze, place them in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.
This same recipe can be used for chicken stock.
Fresh thyme can be used in place of dried thyme for flavor.
Leave out the onions and garlic if you'll be making this bone broth to add to your dog's food.
Use this homemade stock to flavor rice, beans, or vegetables.
Amount Per Serving Calories 40Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 12mgSodium 258mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 4g