Make the best use of your leftover holiday Turkey with my easy homemade turkey bone broth recipe! You can use a slow cooker/crockpot or a deep pot on your stove top to make magic. Let's get into it!
My festive Thanksgiving appetizer board is the pregame to Turkey Day and this wholesome bone broth is the after party.
- Why You'll Love this Recipe
- What You'll Need for this Recipe
- Substitutions & Variations
- How to Make Turkey Bone Broth on the Stovetop
- How to Make Slow Cooker Bone Broth from Turkey Bones
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Bone Broth good for PCOS?
- More Favorite Turkey Recipes
- Leftover Turkey Bone Broth on Stovetop or Slow Cooker
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Hands-Off - Literally just throw the ingredients into your crockpot or a regular pot and let the heat do the work. There are very few steps in this slow cooked bone broth recipe.
Customizable - Use the bones from smoked turkey, Cajun turkey, or whatever kind of turkey your family loves for the holidays and add different herbs and spices to create the flavor you prefer.
And if you enjoy this recipe, you'll love my Sweet Potato Gingerbread Muffins using leftover holiday sweet potatoes!
What You'll Need for this Recipe
Turkey Carcass - with as much meat removed as possible. You really only need the bones for this recipe but everything gets strained out so don't worry if you can't get it picked completely clean.
Apple Cider Vinegar acidity breaks down the collagen in turkey bones to help make it more available in the broth (citation).
Aromatics like garlic, onion, and bay leaf to taste for a homemade healthy broth that adds flavor to any soup or stew recipe! You can truly make this bone broth your own but I don't recommend you skip the bay leaf--you'll notice when it's missing.
Check out the recipe card below for full ingredients list, measurements, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions!
Substitutions & Variations
Citrus Peels - I use orange peels because I typically have them on hand but you can use lemon, lime, or even grapefruit peels to add subtle citrus flavor notes and brightness to your broth.
Herbs and Spices - Use thyme, rosemary, cilantro, and/or whatever other herbs suit your flavor. Making bone broth after Thanksgiving is great because we tend to have more variety on hand after cooking for a crowd!
Protein Source - This recipe is for making bone broth with turkey bones but you can use the bones from whichever animal protein you served at Thanksgiving dinner, including ham and chicken.
How to Make Turkey Bone Broth on the Stovetop
Step One: Add all your ingredients to a deep stock pot and cover with cold water.
Step Two: Turn on the heat and bring the mixture to a boil then simmer for at least six hours.
Pro Tip: Let the pot of ingredients sit for at least 30 minutes before turning on the heat to give the live ingredients in the ACV time to jumpstart the breakdown process.
Step Three: Cool then strain the broth into airtight containers, such as mason jars to store or follow freezing instructions below.
How to Make Slow Cooker Bone Broth from Turkey Bones
Step One: Add all your ingredients to the crock of your slow cooker and cover with cold water.
Step Two: Turn heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to low and simmer for at least six hours.
Pro Tip: Let the ingredients sit in the crock for at least 30 minutes before turning the crockpot on to give the live ingredients in the ACV time to jumpstart the breakdown process.
Step Three: Cool then strain the broth into airtight containers, such as mason jars to store or follow the freezing instructions below.
Pro Tip: Freeze your bone broth from scratch in silicone molds or souper cubes for easy reheating and portioning!
This bone broth from scratch does amazingly in my Healing Chicken Soup Recipe. But you can even sip it all by itself for a flavorful and nourishing boost of protein, collagen, and other nutrients (Health)!
Frequently Asked Questions
It depends on your preference. Both methods are easy but I would say that making bone broth on the stove top requires slightly more monitoring.
With a whole turkey carcass, it might be necessary to break the bones a bit to fit everything in one pot, depending on the size. However, you don't have to break the bones for the purpose of making the broth. I haven't noticed a difference in the quality of the broth when I break the bones versus when I don't.
Texture-wise, bone broth should be liquid when warmed but have a jiggly, jelly-like texture when refrigerated--this is a sign of high collagen content. The color of your bone broth will vary depending on how the original turkey was cooked and seasoned and what you add to it, typically ranging from a deeper brown to a golden yellow color.
Store this homemade turkey bone broth in an airtight container and refrigerate. It will keep for up to five days.
Bone broth freezes really well! Store in airtight, freezer-safe containers for up to 12 months. I recommend freezing in portions in souper cubes for easy reheating then transferring the cubes to freezer safe container.
Is Bone Broth good for PCOS?
Bone broth is nutrient dense and believed to be beneficial for women with PCOS, overall. It's rich in protein and collagen, which helps balance blood sugar levels and calcium that supported balanced hormones and liver detoxification (FloLiving).
Additionally, bone broth provides nutrients like glycine and glutamine that support gut health and reduce inflammation (NIH National Library of Medicine).
Check out all my PCOS recipes for more hormone healthy meal ideas!
More Favorite Turkey Recipes
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Leftover Turkey Bone Broth on Stovetop or Slow Cooker
- 1 deep stock pot or slow cooker/crockpot
- mason jars or other airtight food storage containers
- 1 turkey carcass
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 orange peels only
- ½ onion cut into chunks
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- cold water
- Remove as much meat as possible from bones of turkey carcass.
- Add turkey carcass, apple cider vinegar, orange peels, onion, garlic cloves, crushed red pepper, and bay leaf to a deep stock pot or the crock of a slow cooker.
- Cover ingredients with cold water by about two inches and let sit for 30 minutes to allow the apple cider vinegar enzymes and cultures to jumpstart the breakdown process of the bones.
- Turn heat on high and bring liquid to a boil then reduce heat to low, loosely cover, and simmer for at least six hours.
- Cool broth then strain into airtight food storage containers, such as mason jars.