For the best soup ever, save your turkey carcass

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Thanksgiving leftovers are often as delicious as the main dish. Delicious day-after meals include sandwiches with turkey and cranberry glaze or casseroles. But there’s one important leftover that might not be on your radar: the turkey carcass.

Your turkey carcass is just as valuable as pasta water. Making turkey stock is very similar to making chicken stock. However, the turkey carcass and some additional seasoning will elevate your soup to a whole new level.

And before you get started, here’s a pro tip: Since chopping veggies for turkey broth will likely be the last thing you want to do after cooking a Thanksgiving feast, set some vegetables aside as you prepare for the main event. For example, if you’re making stuffing, chop two extra celery stalks and one yellow onion and set them aside. To make carrots as a side-dish, chop an additional two carrots. 

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How to make Turkey broth

You should prepare your stock as soon as possible. However, you can still wait up to two or more days.

  1. The meat should be removed from the carcass. You can save it for soup making later! The bones should be broken into large pieces.
  2. Add the bones to a large stockpot along with all other vegetables. Pour just enough water, approximately one gallon, to cover.
  3. Bring the stock to boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for approximately three hours.
  4. Add whole peppercorns to the broth while it simmers for an additional boost in flavor and spice.
  5. The turkey stock has been already seasoned, so it should be very flavorful. You can season the stock with parsley, basil, or thyme at the end.
  6. After the stock has been simmered, remove the fat.
  7. Take out larger bones and strain the liquid using a cheesecloth-lined colander.
  8. Then, throw away the herbs and vegetables. It can be used immediately or frozen for up to 3 months.

The Best Soup

There are many ways to make homemade stock, but one editor at Suggest highly recommends that you use it for. This recipe is from Food.com. This rich turkey vegetable soup is a cozy winter meal that features lots of protein and colorful veggies. 

You can plan ahead for your post-holiday weekend. It will be easier to curl up with Netflix than cook. This recipe will make a great holiday tradition for your family.

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