Create A Fabulous Turkey Broth Using Your Turkey Carcass #Recipe #stepbystep

The May long weekend has come and gone. Here in Calgary, the weather was fantastic! Perfect for barbecuing. Not so typical for May long BBQ, is turkey. However, that’s what I chose to do. Delicious turkey with grilled vegetables and sweet potatoes. Naturally, I made a gravy on the side. Seriously, you can’t make turkey without gravy. What about leftover turkey sandwiches? 

Now, I’m a stickler for waste not want not. I kept that tasty turkey carcass in the fridge. You do keep your carcasses, right? Sometimes, I toss it in the freezer for a later date. Other times the fridge, if I know I’ll have time to use it in the next couple of days.

A turkey or chicken carcass makes great homemade broth. Use this for soup, stew, gravies and so much more! Never toss away a carcass!

freezer bag full of veggie scraps

So, what’s the best way to make your broth? Well, that actually begins long before you even have a turkey carcass to work with. You’ll want to start saving your vegetable scraps. I keep a freezer bag in my freezer, ready to toss in the tops of onions, ends of carrots, broccoli or cauliflower stems etc. 

Once you’re ready to make broth, you have a handy pack of flavouring to go.

a turkey carcass that has been prepped for the oven

Let’s get back to those bones. Take it out and remove any excess pieces of turkey still attached. Be sure to turn the carcass over. So much meat gets wasted from the bottom because people forget about it. Once you’ve done this, break up the carcass and place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with oil. Bake on a cookie sheet for 45 minutes in a preheated oven 425 degrees. Don’t skip this step. Roasting the bones brings out a better flavour.

frozen veggie scraps in water

As soon as you pop that in the oven, grab your largest stock pot and fill it with water. Add your frozen vegetable scraps, salt, pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. You’ll find your turkey bones are ready to go just before your scraps have finished boiling.

a roasted turkey carcass

Add your bones to the scraps, top with more water if needed, and continue to boil another 30 minutes. 

vegetable broth with added turkey carcass

Strain your broth into a large bowl. Let cool and then freeze to use at a later date. This is the tastiest broth out there! Never buy broth again. Simply switch up the bones for beef broth, or, omit them all together for a delicious vegetable broth. 

homemade broth using a turkey carcass

Next week, turkey soup! Watch for it and enjoy.