Don’t throw out that turkey carcass!
You can use that baby for something awesome – homemade broth! Have you heard of the wonderful, redeeming properties of fresh broth? Not only it is tasty and great for making soups and stews with, but it feeds your body with nutrients and vitamins that help you have stronger bones, healthier hair, and a wonderfully strong immune system. Homemade broth is an excellent defense against colds and flues. And here is the best part: It’s so easy to make and is so inexpensive! No store-bought broth holds a candle to this homemade stuff and it is a free byproduct of your bird that would otherwise get thrown in the trash!
I’m putting the easiest broth recipe here today because I’m sure many of you might be sceptical that this is truly easy as well as so beneficial, but trust me: you will be very glad you tried it. How can you go wrong when you are a gold mine that is just waiting to be harvested out of that silly bird you ate yesterday!
Easy Homemade Bone Broth:
Leftover turkey (or chicken) carcass
1 1/2 medium-large onions, sliced
2 tablespoons parsley, fresh or dried
1/2 tablespoon rosemary
2-3 pinches sage
1-2 pinches thyme
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon celery seeds
2 tablespoons vinegar
1-2 carrots, chopped
1-2 stalks celery with leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
In 6 quart kettle, bring all ingredients to a boil in cold water to cove: simmer 3 hours or more. Remove bones to colander to drain (save the broth that drains off)> Remove and reserve larger pieces of meat. If using whole turkey or meaty turkey parts, remove turkey when meat is tender; reserve meat and return skin and bones to pot for longer simmering, then discard skin and bones. Discard bay leaf. Boil broth vigorously until reduced to about 6-7 cups; strain, if desired, and discard solids. Chill; remove fat. This is a strong stock so you may want to thin with water depending on what you will be using it for.
So now you have your golden liquid. What to do next? How should we be using this fantastic stuff? The possibilities are almost endless! Of course you can use it as a base for soups and stews. You can also use it as your liquid in things like mashed potatoes, making them very flavorful. When you are feeling run down or just want to treat your body to a health boost you can even heat it up in a mug and drink it! That might sound strange to some of you but you would be surprised at how satisfying it is when you try it.
What other ways do you use broth in your kitchen? I love new ideas so share with us and we can all benefit! Bon appétit!
Peace and health,