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The BEST Slow Cooker Turkey Broth Recipe

Slow Cooker Turkey Broth from your 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?

Slow Cooker Turkey Broth Recipe

Slow Cooker Turkey Broth Recipe in a Glass Jar
Slow Cooker Turkey Broth Recipe in a Glass Jar

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Making your own homemade turkey stock is incredibly easy. You simply chop up vegetable scraps you save, season the turkey carcass, and add water to your slow cooker. I like to cook my bone broth on low for 9-12 hours.

Most of us are becoming more conscious of food waste. A good use of your whole turkey carcass is to make homemade broth, which can be the base for your favorite homemade turkey soup recipe.

Leave some leftover meat on the bones to make a more flavorful stock. Each year, experiment with different fresh veggies and fresh herbs from the carcass of your turkey dinner.

Bone Broth Benefits

According to Healthline.com, bone broth has many health benefits. Animal bones are rich in magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Bone broth may also improve inflammation and the immune system by aiding the digestion of other foods.

Ways to Use Turkey Stock

Turkey bone broth is versatile and can be used in various ways to enhance dishes with its rich flavor and nutritional benefits. Here are some different ways to use turkey bone broth:

  • Soups and Stews: Use turkey bone broth as a base for soups like turkey noodle soup, vegetable soup, turkey chili, or hearty stews. The broth adds depth and savory notes to the dish.
  • Risotto or Rice Dishes: When cooking risotto or rice, substitute water or regular broth with turkey bone broth. This adds a delicious turkey flavor and makes the dish more nutritious.
  • Gravy: Use the broth to make flavorful gravy for roasted turkey or mashed potatoes. It enhances gravy with a richer taste.
  • Braising and Braised Dishes: Use turkey bone broth to braise meats such as chicken, pork, or beef. The broth adds moisture and infuses the meat with its savory flavors.
  • Sauce and Reductions: Reduce turkey bone broth to create a concentrated sauce or glaze for roasted meats or vegetables. It adds depth to the dish.
  • Cooking Legumes: Use turkey bone broth instead of water when cooking dried beans or lentils. It enhances the beans’ flavor.
  • Drinking Broth: Enjoy turkey broth as a nourishing beverage. Season with salt and pepper, or add herbs for extra flavor.
  • Freezing for Future Use: Freeze turkey bone broth in ice cube trays or larger containers for later use in recipes. It’s convenient to have on hand whenever you need a flavorful broth.
Ingredients for Crock Pot Turkey Stock - Leftover Turkey Carcass, Vegetables, Bay Leaf, and Herb
Ingredients for Crock Pot Turkey Stock – Leftover Turkey Carcass, Vegetables, Bay Leaf, and Herb

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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

Slow Cooker Turkey Broth Fresh Vegetables in a pot
Slow Cooker Turkey Broth Fresh Vegetables

Directions for Making Homemade Turkey Stock in a Slow Cooker

1. Cut the turkey wings at the joints into three pieces.

2. Place the leftover bones, vegetables, and the remaining ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker or larger. Cover with cold water and set the cooking time on low for 9-12 hours.

3. Strain your homemade turkey broth into a large bowl using a fine mesh strainer.

4. Throw away the vegetables, turkey bones, peppercorns, bay leaf, garlic, and other seasonings. Let the turkey stock cool to room temperature before refrigeration.

5. Place the slow cooker turkey bone broth in the refrigerator overnight, and in the morning skim off the fat that has become hard on top of the broth.

6. You can store the homemade turkey stock recipe in Mason jars or freeze them in measured portions in freezer-safe containers.

Ingredients for Crock Pot Turkey Stock - Leftover Turkey Carcass, Vegetables, Bay Leaf, and Herb
Ingredients for Crock Pot Turkey Stock – Leftover Turkey Carcass, Vegetables, Bay Leaf, and Herb

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Turkey Stock

  • You want to be moderate on the seasoning when making homemade stocks. The reason for this is that when you use the broth to make homemade soup, adding more ingredients can overpower the flavor.
  • 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.
  • Make sure to add 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 use this same recipe for chicken broth.
  • When you need a little stock, you can freeze turkey bone broth in ice cube trays. After the ice cubes freeze place them in a freezer-safe container or a freezer bag.
  • You can make this delicious turkey bone broth in a large pot or large stock pot, and t will also work well in your Instant Pot.
  • Fresh thyme can be used instead of dried thyme for flavor in this delicious broth.
  • Leave out the onions and garlic if you’ll add this homemade turkey broth to food for dogs.
  • Use this homemade stock to flavor rice, beans, or vegetables.

How long does the broth last in the refrigerator?

When properly stored, this 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?

If properly stored in an airtight container, strained broth will last up to six months in the freezer.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Broth with Turkey Carcass

How do I make turkey broth from the carcass?

To make turkey broth from the carcass:
1.Start by placing the carcass in a large stockpot.
2.Add aromatics like carrots, celery, onions, and herbs.
3.Cover with cold water and use your crockpot to simmer for several hours.
4.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 the broth.

Can I use the giblets and neck to make turkey broth?

You can add the turkey giblets and neck in your turkey broth for extra richness. Just 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 such as 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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Yield: 10 cups

Slow Cooker Turkey Broth with Turkey Carcass

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours
Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes

Slow cooker turkey broth couldn't be easier to make. Save your turkey carcass and vegetable scraps and add them to your slow cooker along with some seasonings.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Cut the turkey wings at the joints into three pieces.
  2. 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.
  3. Strain your turkey broth over a large bowl using a fine mesh strainer.
  4. Throw away the turkey bones, vegetables, and seasonings. Let the turkey stock cool.
  5. Place the turkey broth in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, skim off the fat that has become hard on top of the broth.
  6. You can store your turkey stock in Mason jars in the refrigerator or freeze the broth.

Notes

You want to be moderate on the seasoning when making homemade stocks. The reason is that when you add broth to make homemade soup, adding more ingredients can overpower the flavor.

Crack the turkey bones every inch or so before cooking for a richer stock.

Avoid using cabbage and turnips in the turkey broth. They will overwhelm the flavor of the stock.

Make sure to add 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 can make the bone broth.

When you only need a little stock, you can freeze turkey bone broth in ice cube trays. After the ice cubes freeze, place them in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.

You can use this same recipe for chicken stock.

Fresh thyme can be used in place of dried thyme for flavor.

If you're making this bone broth to add to your dog's food, leave out the onions and garlic.

Use this homemade stock to flavor rice, beans, or vegetables.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 40Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 12mgSodium 258mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 4g

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