Thanksgiving dinner is only the beginning of the story. After the pie’s been served, and you’ve raided the turkey for sandwiches, there’s the carcass to deal with. Instead of throwing it out, make turkey stock. It can be used in any recipe calling for chicken stock, and freezes beautifully for up to 3 months.
- Yield: 8 quarts (32 cups)
- Difficulty: Easy
- Total: 5 hrs 40 mins
- Active: 15 mins
- 1 turkey carcass
- 2 medium stalks celery, coarsely chopped
- 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, quartered
- 1 medium bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- Break up carcass with a meat mallet or cleaver so it fits in a stockpot (at least 15 quarts), then add remaining ingredients. Add enough cold water to cover the bones by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, skimming occasionally, until turkey flavor comes through in the stock, about 2 to 3 hours.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer into large heatproof containers. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate or freeze.