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How To Make Homemade Turkey Broth

Learn How To Make Homemade Turkey Broth from your leftover turkey scraps. It’s so easy and delicious! Here is a simple recipe, as well as tips for freezing. 

two glass mason jars filled with homemade turkey broth

About Homemade Turkey Broth:

Turn leftover turkey bones from your roast turkey dinner into a delicious and healthy homemade broth that can be used in soups (homemade turkey soup is the best!), stews and so many other recipes. Not only is making your own stock easy, but it also saves you money at the grocery store (and it’s also a great way to reduce food waste)! This homemade turkey stock recipe is easy and so tasty.

a top down image of a stock pot filled with ingredient to make homemade turkey broth

Homemade Turkey Broth Recipe Tips

  • TURKEY: When I make turkey broth I prefer to only use the turkey wings, thighs and turkey legs (I don’t like to use the back, it’s just too big for the pot, but if you have a large pot big enough for the whole turkey carcass, you can certainly use the whole thing). I remove as much edible meat from the leftover turkey carcass as I can before I make stock. That way you can add the leftover meat to soup.
  • VEGETABLES: Stocks are very versatile. You can use both fresh veggies and vegetable scraps from carrots, celery (stalks and leaves), onions (including clean skins), garlic, scallions, and herbs (fresh or dried) such as parsley, sage, thyme, and rosemary.
  • DO YOU NEED TO BUNDLE THE HERBS?  Some stock recipes call for ‘bouquet garnis’, which are little bundles of fresh herbs in cheesecloth, that are easily removed once the stock is done. But I don’t bother doing this, I just toss them in as is and they get strained out fine.
  • TO STRAIN OR NOT TO STRAIN? I always strain the broth. Use a fine mesh strainer.
  • STORAGE: If you are going to use the stock right away and don’t want to freeze it, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • LET IT COOL. Don’t freeze the stock when it’s hot. Let it cool then portion it into bags.
two glass mason jars filled with homemade turkey broth

How to Freeze Turkey Broth

IN ZIPLOCK BAGS: After the turkey broth has cooled and been strained, it can be frozen. My preferred way to freeze any kind of stock is to freeze it in portions in ziplock bags. I freeze the broth in 4 cup portions which is a commonly required measurement for many recipes (like soups, stews and such), then I will freeze any smaller amounts for other recipes. After I portion out the amounts, I lay the filled bags onto a baking sheet so they freeze flat (that way you can stack them in your freezer and they don’t take up a lot of space). You can see more about this in my post here for freezing chicken broth.

IN JARS: You can freeze it in mason jars, just make sure that the broth has cooled completely (it should be cold), and leave at least 1 inch head space to give the broth room to expand.

Recipes to Make With Turkey Broth:

You can add strained broth to any recipe that calls for broth: soups, stews, cooking grains and so much more. Here are some of my favourite recipes to try:

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How To Make Homemade Turkey Broth

two glass mason jars filled with homemade turkey broth

Learn How To Make Homemade Turkey Broth from your leftover turkey scraps. It’s so easy and delicious! Here is a simple recipe, as well as tips for freezing. 

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: Turkey
  • Method: Stovetop

Ingredients

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  • 1 turkey carcass, broken into pieces
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped or sliced
  • 23 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped)
  • 23 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, cut in half
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns

Instructions

  1. To a large stock pot add the turkey bones, and cover completely with cold water. Make sure the water level is at least 1 inch from the top of the lip of the pot.
  2. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to low, then simmer gently for about 30 minutes.
  3. After the 30 minutes, add the chopped vegetables and spices.
  4. Simmer uncovered on low, for about 3 hours, adding water to top up as needed. It should be a gentle simmer.
  5. After 3 hours strain the broth into a large bowl.

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