Don’t Throw Out That Turkey Carcass, Make Broth!


This is the broth I made after our Thanksgiving dinner and it tastes great!

I first really heard about the health benefits of homemade broth a few years ago after being diagnosed with colon cancer. It has been discovered that your health is in large part dependent on the health of your intestinal tract. Many of our modern diseases appear to be rooted in an unbalanced mix of microorganisms in your digestive system, really no surprise considering our cultures inappropriate and unbalanced diet that is too high in sugars and too low in healthful fats and beneficial bacteria. Broth or “stock” plays an important role as it’s easily digestible, helps heal the lining of your gut, and contains valuable nutrients.


There are lots of different ways to make Turkey bone broth, and there really isn’t a wrong way. You can find different variations online. Here, I’ll offer some basic directions.



1 Whole Free Range Turkey Carcass

4 quarts cold filtered water

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped

3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped



Fill up a large stockpot (or large crockpot) with pure, filtered water.
Add vinegar and all vegetables to the water.
Place the whole turkey carcass into the pot.
Bring to a boil, and remove any scum that rises to the top.
Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and let simmer for about 24 hours.
Remove remaining bones from the broth with a slotted spoon and strain the rest through a strainer to remove any bone fragments.


I like to sit my pot on the wood stove and let it simmer just to save on the expense of keeping the stove burner going for 24 hours, but the crockpot is certainly another efficient and safe option for making stock.


Bone broth is especially beneficial when it is made from free range, organically fed animals and as we all know raising or purchasing said animals can cost more than the average grocery store options. If we are going to purchase or raise these animals we should get every benefit we can from them by using every part of the animal that can be used.

Enjoy Your Turkey Broth and Happy Homesteading!

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I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.

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