Friday, December 14, 2012

Homemade Turkey Stock


Where did December go? I can't believe that Christmas is right around the corner. When I was a kid the time couldn't move fast enough. I couldn't wait to grow up, I regret that now…I had no idea what I was thinking, lol,  I swear, the older I get the faster time flies. This can't be good. *smile*

 

 I've been working on a Christmas present for my niece - Barbie clothes. I'm not much of a sewer but my mother in law gave me a boatload of great fabric that I've been  wanting to put to good use. I didn't even bother taking out the sewing machine because the clothes are so small, and I have 2 colors of thread. But, I do have every color imaginable of embroidery floss, so I decided to just sew them by hand. Let me just say, my fingers are so sore from getting poked with that darn needle.  They're not done, but here's a peek.

 

 

 

Remember that turkey dinner I told you about? Well, I couldn't let the bones just go into the trash without first turning them into a nice hearty turkey stock. It was really simple.

 

 

In a large pot I put the bones of a large turkey (mine was 14 lbs.)

 

Throw in 4 roughly chopped carrots, 4 celery, and 2 onions. Fill the pot up with water, no more than 3 inches covering the bones. Cover, bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Let simmer for 8 or more hours. Strain, you can skim the fat if you'd like, (I don't) then put in containers. Stock freezes well.

 

It really was that simple. If you roasted your turkey with spices, you can add those same spices to the simmering pot if you feel it needs more flavor. Test it around every hour. Mine started to gain flavor at the 3 hour mark, after about 8 hours it started to taste like a strong broth, not flavored water.

 

The next morning after the turkey stock has cooled and settled it should turn to gel.  If it doesn't that is okay, it is still good enough to eat. Don't quote me, but I read somewhere (sorry don't remember where) that if it didn't gel, you may have used too much water.

 

That's all I've got for today! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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