Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Don't Throw Out Your Turkey Bones


Right now the media is full of recipes for leftover turkey. What all can you do with leftover turkey? It’s endless! You can find recipes for turkey enchiladas, turkey quesadillas, turkey chili verde, turkey stir-fry, turkey soups, turkey casseroles, turkey tetrazzini, turkey spaghetti, turkey...

But I want to give a shout out to the bones. Don’t throw out the turkey bones! They can make a very nourishing broth to be used for illnesses or recipes that call for broth.

After you’ve pulled all the meat off the turkey, put the bones in a large stock pot. I add an onion or two, a bulb of garlic, peppers, celery, herbs like rosemary or thyme...whatever I have on hand. Add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to help draw the minerals out of the bones. Fill the pot with water, covering the bones. Simmer all day. After it has cooled, strain the liquid into containers, and store them in the freezer.
Whenever I need a recipe that calls for broth, or when someone in my family becomes ill, I pull this broth out and heat it up.

Bone broth at the first sign of an illness helps keep us hydrated, and the protein, calcium, magnesium, and other minerals supports our bodies’ ability to repair themselves. The garlic, onions, and herbs strengthen our immune systems and help our bodies fight off whatever germs we’ve been exposed to. This, along with plenty of rest, cutting out the sugar/processed foods, and herbs like elderberry and echinacea have been tried-and-true at helping us get over whatever we've been exposed to more quickly.

In addition to being hydrating, nourishing, and immune-boosting, homemade broth is more delicious and satisfying than the canned broths in the supermarket! Our Thanksgiving turkeys yield several quarts of delicious bone broth.

The same process can be done with vegetables to make vegetable stock. When you are cutting up your onions, celery, broccoli, carrots, or whatever, save the parts that you would normally throw away, simmer them together, and strain for veggie broth.

From our family to yours...Happy Thanksgiving!

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