Homemade Turkey Stock

It happens every Thanksgiving. In a shockingly short amount of time, the beautiful bird you spent hours roasting to perfection is ravaged and picked clean down to the bone. What remains of your holiday centerpiece is nothing more than an unappetizing carcass.

But don’t be so quick to throw that turkey carcass out. Instead of tossing the bones into the trash, toss them into a stockpot. Add celery, onion, water and seasonings and in a few hours you’ll have flavorful turkey stock for the months ahead.

After cooking an entire holiday meal, no one wants to spend more time in the kitchen. Don’t worry; this no-fuss, straightforward recipe takes only minutes to put together. Then, you can step out of the kitchen and let the stock simmer to completion.

Turkey stock can be used in any recipe that calls for chicken stock. Turn your stock into a nourishing post-holiday soup or freeze 1-cup (250 ml) portions to use in a variety of recipes.

Servings: Approximately 8 cups of stock

Time in the Kitchen: 15 minutes, plus 3 hours to simmer the stock


  • 1 cooked turkey carcass, cut or broken into pieces. If a little bit of meat is still attached, that’s fine.
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Enough water to cover the carcass in a stockpot by one or two inches


Throw the bones, celery, onion, peppercorns and bay leaves into a stockpot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil then immediately reduce the heat so the water is at a very gentle simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for three hours. If foam rises to the top, skim it off occasionally.

Strain the solids out and discard. Let the stock cool completely before covering with a lid.

The stock will keep for several days in the refrigerator or for months in the freezer.

*Note that no salt is added to the stock. Wait to add salt until you’re using the stock in a recipe, that way, you can be sure to add the right amount for the specific recipe you’re cooking.

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