I hope everybody here in the States had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week! Hopefully, you were able to enjoy some good food and good company!
I had a wonderful time with family, ate some good food, visited, played some card games and just had a great day.
I enjoy my Thanksgiving leftovers almost as much as I do the actual dinner. My mother-in-law cooked or Thanksgiving turkey and was gracious enough to share the carcass with me so I could make some very tasty bone broth. I’m planning on making some very tasty soup with it! However, I thought I’d share with you how I made my Turkey broth so you could also enjoy. It might be too late this year for your turkey but you can do this with leftover chicken or beef bones too. I would pretty much follow the same recipe and you’ll be golden!
- leftover bones
- mixed veg (I used carrot, celery, onion, bell pepper) you can use just about any veg for aromatics
- 1-2″ fresh ginger
- 2-4 Tbls. apple cider vinegar
- herbs (I had oregano and parsley)
- 1-2 Tbls. sea salt
- Neck and giblets (If you don’t use/eat them in or with your dinner)
Basically, you just throw everything in a large pot or you could even do this in a crockpot. Add enough water to the pan to cover the ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 12 – 24 hours. Strain the broth through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer and either use or freeze for future use. Oh, I almost forgot! After I took the picture I had some leftover turkey juices (I’m sorry my mind is going blank and I can’t think of what else to call it). But basically the liquid at the bottom of the pan that you make your gravy with. I had some leftover that I also put in the pot.
My turkey was too large to cover completely so I just filled my pot about halfway full with water. The bones soften as they cook and I just gradually pushed the carcass down as it cooked until it was completely submerged. I don’t bother peeling or chopping my veg up because I’m just going to strain them out anyway. I cut my onion in quarters or half and I smash my garlic or cut it in half to help the flavor infuse better. The apple cider vinegar doesn’t add any flavor, but it does help get the nutrients and good stuff out of the bones. So that is an essential ingredient the others are very flexible to what you have on hand and what flavors you like.
If you’d like to know some of the benefits of bone broth, you should check out this great article on Bone Broth Benefits.
Hoping you have a GREAT Day!!