Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! I decided to spend the long weekend with my family rather than worrying about blog posts and we had a wonderful time. I can’t believe it is Monday already!
I hope everyone who cooked a turkey on Thursday has saved the bones because there is certainly much more food to go around after Thanksgiving has passed. We spent Thanksgiving at Jon’s parent’s and my parent’s house. One had an afternoon meal and the other an evening meal so it worked out great! As everyone was packing up leftovers, I was requesting the carcass. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I had great ideas in mind!
My first task was to strip the carcass of any remaining meat. There was still A LOT of meat on the bird. The thighs and back hadn’t even been touched yet!
Next up I added the carcass to a large stock pot (I used my 20 quart stock pot).
Now for extra flavor I added celery, onions and carrots. The onions I peeled and quartered, the carrots I washed and cut the stem ends off and the celery I washed and cut into thirds. I did not peel the carrot of remove the leaves from the celery. That’s where all the flavor is!
To season the broth I added salt, pepper (whole peppercorns), garlic, basil and parsley (dried from this year’s herb garden). I also added a sprig of rosemary off of my indoor rosemary bush.
Once everything was in the pot I filled it with water and simmered it for 8 hours. You could certainly cook it for less time, but I was baking 4 batches of cookies and I had plenty of time to spend in the kitchen.
Once the broth was finished I strained out the bones veggies and spices and refrigerated the remainder overnight. The next morning I was easily able to skim off any fat around the top. I removed the fat and put the broth back on the stove to boil.
Once the broth was boiling I prepped my pressure canner and got ready to can the broth.
I’m very happy that I asked to take the carcass after dinner, while everyone thought I might be crazy (I still might be) I was really being resourceful. We have taken what would have been garbage and turned it into numerous meals!