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- 10 pounds turkey necks and wings, cut into 3- to 4-inch pieces
- 2 large carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 large onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 celery stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 450°F. Divide turkey necks and wings between 2 heavy large rimmed baking sheets, spreading in single layer. Roast 30 minutes. Using tongs, turn turkey parts over; scatter carrots, onions, and celery over, dividing equally. Roast until turkey parts are golden brown, about 1 hour longer.
Transfer turkey parts, vegetables, and any pan juices to heavy large pot. Place each baking sheet over 2 burners; add 1 cup water to each sheet and bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Pour mixture into pot with vegetables. Add bay leaves, peppercorns, salt, and remaining 18 cups water to pot; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover partially, and simmer gently for 2 1/2 hours. Strain broth and cool slightly. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and chill. Before using, scrape any fat from surface of broth; reserve fat for gravy.
Slow Cooker Turkey Broth
Don’t let a bit of your hard work on that turkey go to waste! Toss the leftovers in a slow cooker and make Slow Cooker Turkey Broth while you’re sleeping.
What's the difference between bone broth, broth, and stock?
You've probably seen the terms broth and stock used interchangeably, but the components in which they are prepared are different. Broths are typically made by boiling meats in water, while stocks are traditionally made from by simmering bones in water. They are similar, but broths are meat based, stocks are bone based. In either case, the result is a liquid flavored by the meat or bones to use for cooking.
So how is bone broth different? With bone broth, the end game is not only to produce a batch of cooking liquid but to leach as much of the nutrients from the bones during the cooking process. For that reason, slow simmering bones along with small pieces of meat over a long period of time are preferred to short cooking times to release more collagen and amino acids into the bone broth. The result is a nutrient-dense gelatinous bone broth that can be enjoyed by itself, or as a base for nourishing soups, stews, gravies, and sauces.
Turkey broths and stocks finish within two to three hours of simmering however, this turkey bone broth recipe is simmered for 24 hours to maximize the flavor and nutrients leached from the bones. The goal is a turkey bone broth that sets up as a gel if you put it in the fridge. Sure you can cheat by adding in your own gelatin, but I always find it incredibly satisfying when my turkey bone broth has the perfect jiggle with no additives.
I first learned how to make bone broths and nourishing stocks in the book Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World by Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN. It takes a deep dive (300+ pages!) into the nutritional science behind broth making and how to incorporate it in your diet for therapeutic purposes ranging from autoimmune disorders, digestive problems, to other chronic conditions. It's also chalk full of recipes, history, and techniques. I highly recommend picking up a copy if you want to learn more about broth-making and it's health benefits.
If you want the gel consistency then you will need to add apple cider vinegar. You will need 4 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar. Add that to your pot.
You can make a great batch of broth without the apple cider vinegar and it will still be quality broth. Usually, I have to refrigerate mine first to get that effect.
When you simmer the bones it releases the collagen from the bones of the bird into the water. Cooked collagen forms gelatin (yes, the stuff you see in marshmallows, jello, etc.).
- 1 whole turkey, trimmed, innards reserved
- Sea salt, as needed
- 20 cups water, or as needed to cover ingredients
- 2 onions, peeled and chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons apple cider, white, or white wine vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Remove the breasts, thighs, and wings from the turkey carcass. Spread the turkey parts out in an even layer on a large baking sheet, along with the neck and any innards that came with the turkey. Dust everything with sea salt and place in the preheated oven. Roast until golden brown, about 40 minutes.
- Transfer everything from the baking sheet to a large stockpot or slow cooker. Cover with the water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium. Skim off the fat and scum that rises to the top and discard this process takes about 1 hour. Add vinegar, peppercorns, thyme, and rosemary.
- Continue to simmer for 8 hours, adding water as necessary just to keep the bones covered. Add vegetables in the last 5 hours of cooking.
- Gently strain or ladle the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a container. Fill your sink with ice water. Place the container of broth in the ice bath to cool for 1 hour. Use the broth right away, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 year.
From Bare Bones Broth Cookbook © 2016 by Katherine & Ryan Harvey. Buy the full book from HarperCollins or from Amazon.
Reprinted with permission from Harper Wave.
Turkey Broth - Recipes
Since you discard the turkey pieces after making the broth, use an inexpensive combination of necks backs, and wings, which results in both a meaty flavor and a rich texture. If you're using the broth exclusively for soup, though, toss in a couple turkey thighs or legs for an extra flavor boost. The stock freezes well for up to several months.
4 to 4-1/2 pounds assorted turkey parts, such as backs, necks, and wings
1 onion, peeled and quartered
Heat the oil in a large pot over moderately high heat. Pat the turkey pieces dry with paper towels. Add the turkey to the pot and cook until browned, turning occasionally, about 10 minutes. Do not overcrowd brown the turkey in batches if necessary.
Return all the browned turkey parts to the pot. Add the water, bay leaf, onion, and celery and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let the water boil for about 1 minute and then lower the heat to a simmer. Skim and discard any foam that rises to the top.
Simmer the broth, partially covered, over medium-low heat until flavorful, about 2 hours. The surface of the liquid should be bubbling very gently. Remove the pot from the heat.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the turkey from the broth and discard it. To remove the fat from the broth, either strain the broth, in batches, through a fat separator, or strain the broth into a large bowl and refrigerate it overnight. Once the broth has chilled, the fat will congeal on the surface and you can remove it easily with a spoon. The turkey broth will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze it in quart-size containers for several months.
Note: Inevitably the broth will need salt, but since it may end up in a variety of dishes gravy, soup, etc. season the final dish to taste.
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
- 4 celery stalks, cut into 3-inch pieces
- 2 small yellow onions, peeled and quartered
- 1 garlic head, halved crosswise
- 1 turkey neck
- 1 turkey liver
- 1 turkey heart
- 1 turkey gizzard
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cups unsalted chicken stock, divided
- 2 pounds lean ground turkey
- 3 cups water
Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss together carrots, celery, onions, garlic, neck, liver, heart, gizzard, oil, salt, and pepper on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven until well browned, about 1 hour, stirring once halfway through cooking. Transfer mixture to a large stockpot. Add 1/2 cup chicken stock to hot baking sheet, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon pour mixture into stockpot.
Add ground turkey, 3 cups water, and remaining 21/2 cups stock to stockpot. Bring mixture to a simmer over high reduce heat to medium, and cook, uncovered, skimming foam occasionally, 45 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove and discard as many large pieces as possible. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large heatproof bowl discard solids.
Return strained broth to stockpot. Bring to a boil over high cook, undisturbed, until reduced to 4 cups, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat let cool completely, about 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Skim off rendered turkey fat from chilled broth before using reserve for Best-Ever Turkey Gravy.
Baked Turkey Wings Recipe
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Pat your turkey wings dry, brush them with olive oil, then season them with poultry seasoning and kosher salt and pepper.
- Place your turkey wings in a casserole dish. The wings are going to release their juices so you want them in a pan with sides so the juice doesn’t run over! Cover them in foil and place in the oven.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove the turkey wings from the oven, raise the oven temperature to 425 degrees, remove the foil and put them back in the oven for an additional 30 minutes.
- When you remove them from the oven, you should have nice, crispy wings! Dress them just like you would chicken wings! Toss them in your favorite sauce with carrots and celery or eat them just like they are right out of the oven.
The Skinny on Crock-Pot Turkey Bone Broth
Now that I know how easy it is to make crock pot turkey broth, I’ll probably never use the stove top again.
You can store your healthy homemade turkey broth in the refrigerator for a few days.
Or, portion it out and freeze it. I like to divide it into 2-cup portions that I place in zipper lock freezer bags. I lie them flat on a plate in the freezer until solid so that they are easier to stack/store.
Healthy Homemade Turkey Bone Broth
According to my calculations, each low carb cup of broth has about 15 calories and:
0 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
0 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
0 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
0 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
And broth is a WW Power food that works with Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique too. Enjoy!
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I used the following kitchen tools to make this turkey bone broth recipe:
If you like this easy recipe for homemade turkey broth, be sure to check out my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly recipes including Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Broth, Simple Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup, Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Leftovers Soup, Slow Cooker Turkey Breast and Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes
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Step-by- step photos for making Turkey Neck & Giblet Broth
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:
- turkey neck and giblets (see photos below for how to remove them from the turkey cavity and neck area)
- a sprig or two of each of these herbs: sage, rosemary, thyme. (If you don't have all of these, don't worry about--use what you have.)
- peppercorns (optional) - view on Amazon
- chicken broth or water (I prefer to use part or all broth to give it an additional flavor boost but using plain water works fine, too.)
Note: I don't add salt to my broth, because I prefer to add salt later when I'm using it in a recipe. That reduces the risk of over salting.
Where the heck is the neck? Normally, you'll find the neck inside the cavity at the tail end of the turkey.
The bag of giblets is usually stuck under the flap of skin that is covering the neck end of the turkey.
Here's what the individual parts look like. (Not very appealing, are they?) Normally a giblet bag has a gizzard, liver, and heart but this can vary. Once I had a turkey that didn't have a giblet bag at all. This broth recipe is flexible. Just use whatever is included, and your broth will be fine. Even without the giblets, the neck alone made a flavorful broth.
Step 2. To a 1-1/2 to 2 quart pan, add the neck, giblets, herbs, onion, celery, peppercorns, and broth or water.
Step 3. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, cover and cook for at least 1 hour. It's fine to let it simmer longer than that. I normally leave mine on low on the stove top until I need it.
Step 4. Pour through a mesh metal strainer to remove the solids. Voila, you've got broth!
view on Amazon: wire mesh strainer , 8-cup measuring/mixing bowl
Use now or save for later. The broth can be used right away to flavor gravy or moisten dressing. If you don't need this broth for use in preparing your turkey dinner, save it for making soup later. It can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for months. Or, if you don't want to bother with making broth while you're making the rest of the meal, freeze the raw neck and giblets, and save them to use at a later date.
What to do with the cooked giblets that are leftover? Some people like to make giblet gravy. The cooked giblets can either be chopped or pureed and added to gravy. Personally, I'm not wild about giblet gravy, so I throw them away after I've used them to make the broth.
Making this broth is one of those old school methods that has staying power in my kitchen. It's quick, easy, economical, healthy, and flavorful. That's a win in my book.