Turkey Bone Broth and 5 More Ways to Use Leftover Turkey
Bone broth. It’s magical stuff! Full of gut-healing, nutrient-dense goodness! To read more about WHY you should be incorporating this powerful elixir into your diet, be sure to read my post “The Bodaciousness of Bone Broth.”
This year, I had the good fortune of attending TWO Thanksgivings and was rewarded with the ability to make TWICE the bone broth! Broth is a food that cooks itself and yields a base for soups, rice/pasta/potatoes, or even savory tea. This year, I froze part of my stash in 2 ounce cubes and will be giving it away to family members for Christmas.
Turkey Bone Broth
- Bones/skin from one organic or pastured turkey
- Filtered Water (I use THIS)
- 2 T. organic raw apple cider vinegar (I use THIS)
- Vegetables or vegetable scraps (optional)—I use celery, carrots, and onions.
*I don’t salt my broth until I use it in a recipe
- Place turkey (bones, skins, all of it goes in!) into your slow cooker (you can also use a large stock-pot simmering on low).
- Top with your vegetables.
- Fill with enough water to just cover the items in the slow cooker (I cover by about inch, if there’s enough room)
- Add ACV to slow cooker and allow it to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Cook on LOW for 8-24 hours. The longer you cook your broth, the more nutrient dense it will become.
- Strain, discard turkey and vegetables.
- Allow to cool and store in glass containers (I use THESE because I got tired of having my mason jars crack).
- Store in the fridge and once the broth is cold, you can transfer it to the freezer for long-term storage (some people opt to place cold broth in plastic bags and store flat for space—just make sure the broth is no longer hot!).
And don’t forget about that turkey meat still sitting in your freezer! Here are 5 delicious ways some of my fellow foodie bloggers have created so you can get more bang for your Thanksgiving buck!
- Leftover Turkey Stumbo by Lil’ Suburban Homestead
- Turkey Enchilada Casserole by Dr. Karen S. Lee
- Leftover Turkey Pot Pie by Life from the Ground Up
- The Hash by The Provision Room
- Turkey Soup with Root Vegetables by The Small Footprint Family