Grocery prices are currently rising and after preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal, it is important to use all of the food. We do not want to waste any of it. One way to do this is to use all of the turkey. After all the favorite parts have been eaten or removed for leftover meals, many times, the remaining carcass still has bits of meat that we throw away. So use that carcass and make turkey bone broth.
Make Bone Broth
After preparing a Thanksgiving meal, we just want to relax and enjoy our family and friends. So, the thought of more work is not at the top of our “to do” list. But it can be simple. Just use a large pot, roaster or slow cooker. Put everything into the pot, add water, and cover. It can be left to simmer for up to 24 hours to make bone broth. Adding leftover onions, celery, carrots or other vegetables will also season the broth and add some extra vitamins and minerals to it as well. By adding a bit of acid (vinegar or lemon juice), it may help extract some of the nutrients from the bones.
After you have boiled the broth for 4 to 24 hours, strain it to remove bones. You can chill the broth to remove any solid fats and if you want, the bits of turkey can be added back into the broth. It can be used to make quick and easy soups. Or it can be heated to drink plain.
The Truth About Bone Broths
Bone broth has been getting a lot of attention recently. Claims have been that the broth has many healing properties. Many of these claims have not been proven. But just like any food, there are nutrients that can be healthy. When you make it yourself, you control how much salt is in the broth. You can remove excess fat before you store it. And you can flavor it any way you want. You can make it any way you like it. The broth is usually digested more easily than the meat and it provides healthy protein and its benefits.
After you have boiled the broth for 4 to 24 hours, strain it to remove bones. You can chill the broth to remove any solid fats and if you want, the bits of turkey can be added back into the broth. It can be used to make quick and easy soups. It has become popular to drink it plain like you would coffee or tea.
Keep it safe. If the turkey was left sitting out for hours, throw it away. It must be stored or put into the pot to simmer after no more than two hours at room temperature. If it was sitting at room temperature for longer than 2 hours, it should not be used for leftovers, stored or made into broth. Broth can be pressure canned following USDA guidelines or frozen in freezer proof containers.