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Turkey Stock
November 27, 2011, 2:48 am
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This post was supposed to be a guest post by my husband featuring his wonderful Thanksgiving turkey but I think we’ve both just awoken from our turkey comas, and he unfortunately awoke with a cold.  But I had planned on making stock from the left over turkey carcass anyway.  In most of my recipes, I try to use homemade stock when ever possible.  I admit, I do keep chicken bullion in the kitchen too though. 

Any time we eat a whole bird (or anything with bones) I try to make stock the next day and freeze the leftovers.  The best method, you may ask to freeze an entire batch of stock? Well I have extra ice cube trays that I keep just for freezing extra stocks and sauces.  The best way to do this is simply waiting until it cools and divide it among a few ice cube trays.  I’ll admit the process of making stock usually takes most of the day, but it is always worth it because the house smells so good!



Turkey Stock


1 turkey carcass, picked clean of any meat and fat, and broken into pieces

3-4 large carrots

3-4 stalks celery

1 large onion

4 cloves garlic

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Roughly chop carrots, celery, and onion into large pieces.  Put veggies along with turkey bones into a roasting pan.  Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Roast until the vegetables begin to brown and become very fragrant, about 30 minutes.

Put turkey bones, vegetables, garlic into a large pot (I used my pressure cooker) and cover with water.  Cook 3-4 hours until the flavors blend, adjusting seasoning as necessary.

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Delicious! There is NOTHING like homemade stock…and I love that you roasted your vegetables first!

Comment by Ann

I love that you make homemade stock. I have made stock a few times because that was the plan and I agree it’s wonderful. I am just not that organized to keep the caucus to make the stock. I’m that chicken stock in a box girl or even the powdered bullion girl in a pinch. Okay… now I’m admitting all my shortcomings. 🙂 I love to cook… but I’m a lazy cook. 😦 There… I’m outed. LOL! You did this so beautifully (you roasted the veggies first)… and you have small kids. Okay lady.. I’m officially totally impressed with you. 🙂

Comment by Ramona

I’ve never tried my hand at making homemade stock, but I’m eager to taste the difference. I’m sure homemade is even better.

Comment by Nicole @ Bake Me Blush

It’s time for me to start making my own veggie stock!

Comment by Angie@Angiesrecipes

I am all about healthier cooking this is awesome!

Comment by pegasuslegend

Great use of EVERYTHING! I still want to make that sweet potato ice cream!

Comment by Eliot

My mom always makes homemade stock and soup every year with the turkey leftovers! Great idea to roast the veggies first!

Comment by Stephanie

I love home made stock. I have yet to do it with turkey but have done it often with veggies, chicken and beef. You really did a lovely job.

Comment by Kim Bee

I’ve never had/seen turkey stock. Does that taste quite different from chicken stock (well it should be since they are different, duh…)? My chef friend showed me once how to make stock from scratch and he did roasted veggies too. This must be delicious stock! What did you use it for? 🙂

Comment by Nami | Just One Cookbook

Nami, I do use it to replace chicken stock because it’s similar. However, it does taste more like turkey if that makes any since. Also, I’m about to post what I did with some of it, thanks for asking 🙂

Comment by alyssa

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