Don’t waste that turkey carcass! Use it to make a turkey broth recipe that will improve soups, gravies, or anything else you use it for.
Homemade turkey broth is made using the leftover turkey carcass, vegetable scraps, herbs, spices, and some water. Use the delicious turkey bone broth to make turkey noodle soup, freeze it into ice cube trays to add some extra flavor in any recipe, or use as a replacement for chicken broth.
The first thing you will want to do before making this turkey broth recipe is to remove any leftover meat from the turkey after the eating is all done. Save your leftover turkey meat to make things like turkey soup or turkey sandwiches.
Turkey Broth Ingredients
There isn’t much you need to make a homemade turkey bone broth recipe.
Leftover Turkey Bones– To truly make broth and not stock, make sure there are bits and pieces of meat on the bones. Personally, I think the leftover meat on the bones as some more flavor.
Vegetables– Try keeping a freezer bag in your freezer to add vegetable scraps to anytime your chopping veggies. Using that in your broth is a great way to save on food waste. If you don’t have any veggie scraps laying in your freezer, fresh veggies work too. Things like celery stalks, onions, and garlic are great additions.
Herbs & Spices– Salt, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, black peppercorns, or any other dried or fresh herbs will make a more flavorful broth
Water– Cold, filtered water is the best to use. Berkey water filters is a great option if you need an in-home water filter. Cold water works better than warm or hot.
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How to Make the Best Turkey Broth Recipe
Add turkey carcass, vegetables, herbs, spices, and water to crock pot. Add enough water to cover carcass and veggies.
Cook on low for 10-24 hours. The longer the broth simmers, the more the rich flavor gets a chance to really soak into the homemade broth.
Strain broth through fine mesh strainer, making sure to have a large bowl underneath the strainer.
Store strained broth. Either place in fridge, freezer, or can the turkey broth up.
How to Store Turkey Broth Recipe
In the Refrigerator: In an airtight container for 3-4 days
In the Freezer: In freezer-safe container for up to 6 months
Canning: Canning turkey broth is simple and done just like chicken broth for up to 1 year
Print Turkey Broth Recipe Here:
- turkey carcass
- vegetable scraps
- herbs & spices-optional
- Add turkey carcass, vegetables, herbs, spices, and water to crock pot. Add enough water to cover carcass and veggies.
- Cook on low for 10-24 hours. The longer the broth simmers, the more the rich flavor gets a chance to really soak into the homemade broth.
- Strain broth through fine mesh strainer, making sure to have a large bowl underneath the strainer.
- Store strained broth.
Some people like to add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the broth. This is an optional ingredient.
Can you make turkey broth in the instant pot?
Yes! The instant pot is usually my go-to when it comes to broth making. However, I find with turkey that I don’t get much broth out of the instant pot because of the amount of leftover bones. The bones take up the whole thing! While you could cut the bones up into smaller pieces and make 2-3 different batches of a turkey broth recipe, I find just doing one large batch the easiest.
Here is an article on how to make chicken broth. It has directions for the instant pot and will be the exact same for instant pot turkey broth.
Is turkey broth the same as stock?
Turkey stock is just the bones. Broth has some meat left on it. Both are made the exact same however and can be used in recipes interchangeably.
Is it healthy to drink turkey broth?
Absolutely! Drinking broth strenghtens your immune system. The bone broth benefits include fighting inflammation, improving joint health, and aids in the digestion of other foods.
Can you freeze a turkey carcass?
After eating your weight in thanksgiving leftovers, does anyone want to be making things in the kitchen? Freezing the turkey carcass is the best way to save the turkey bones when you don’t have the energy or time to make this slow cooker turkey broth.