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    Don’t throw away that turkey carcass this Thanksgiving, instead, use it to make your own homemade turkey stock. Whether you make it on the stovetop or the Instant Pot, this easy recipe makes the most out of your leftovers so that nothing goes to waste.

    turkey stock made in the instant pot

    If you are planning to cook up a whole roasted turkey this Thanksgiving, then this Instant Pot turkey stock recipe is an excellent way to make sure that nothing goes to waste!

    Perfect to use in lots of your favorite recipes, this homemade turkey stock recipe is so simple to make with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey carcass and vegetable scraps. It produces a rich homemade stock that adds a wonderful flavor to your everyday meals.

    Be sure to try my Turkey Club Wrap and Turkey and Sweet potato Frittata to use up the rest of your Thanksgiving leftovers!

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Easy to make: Just add the ingredients to a pot and let it simmer. It takes minutes of hands on time.
    • Make ahead: This turkey broth recipe is ready to use straight away, but it’s also freezer friendly too.
    • Less waste: Making homemade stock is a great way to reduce your food waste by using carcass or bones and vegetable scraps.

    Ingredients for Turkey Stock

    • Turkey bones: You can make this with a whole turkey carcass, or with turkey bones. Remove the majority of the meat from the bones to use in other recipes.
    • Vegetables: You can use chopped vegetables or vegetable scraps to make this recipe. Carrots, onions, celery, cloves garlic
    • Fresh herbs: Fresh thyme and rosemary sprigs, fresh parsley, sage
    • Salt, peppercorns, bay leaves and cold water.

    How to make turkey stock with carcass

    Instant Pot Turkey Stock – Instructions

    • Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot and turn the valve to ‘Sealing’.
    • Set for High Pressure for 2 hours.
    • Let pressure release naturally.
    • Use tongs to discard solids and strain stock into a large bowl using a fine mesh strainer and cool.
    • Divide between containers or glass jars, and store for later use, or use immediately.

    Stovetop Turkey Stock Instructions

    • Place all ingredients in a large stockpot and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
    • Once boiling, reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer for about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
    • Use tongs to discard solids and strain stock into a large bowl using a fine mesh strainer and cool.
    • Divide between containers or glass jars, and store for later use, or use immediately.
    process images of making turkey stock
    straining turkey stock and storing it in jars

    How long does it keep?

    Once you have strained the turkey carcass stock and let it cool completely, transfer it into an airtight container or place it into mason jars. It’s ready to use straight away or will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days. Make sure that the stock is fully cooled before placing it in the fridge, if it’s still hot it can raise the temperature in the fridge which can be a risk for other foods being stored.

    Can you freeze it?

    Yes! This recipe makes a good amount of turkey stock, so freezing is a great option. Let it cool and then freeze in portions in jars, containers, or reusable freezer bags. Thaw the stock in the fridge overnight before using it in your recipes. When freezing, make sure to leave a little room for air in the container as it will expand as it freezes.

    close up image of homemade turkey stock

    How do you use it?

    You can use this homemade turkey broth wherever a recipe calls for chicken or vegetable stock. It’s a great way to add flavor to so many meals. Try it in:

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    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • This turkey bone broth recipe is easily adapted for other bones and carcasses like chicken, pork, beef or lamb.
    • Use any fresh herbs you have leftover from Thanksgiving for a more flavorful stock.
    • When you strain the stock it will be very hot so take care. I like to use a large ladle or a jug and do it bit by bit.
    instant pot turkey stock in jars

    More Kitchen Basics

    Turkey Stock

    Don't throw away that turkey carcass this Thanksgiving, instead, use it to make your own homemade turkey stock. Whether you make it on the stovetop or the Instant Pot, this easy recipe makes the most out of your leftovers so that nothing goes to waste.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
    Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
    Servings 10 cups (approx)
    Calories 126kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 turkey carcass or bones from roasted turkey
    • 3 cups vegetables or vegetable scraps, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, parsley, sage, thyme, etc
    • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 10 cups cold water, or enough to cover the bones and vegetables.

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Instant Pot instructions

    • Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot and turn the valve to ‘Seling’.
    • Set for High Pressure for 2 hours.
    • Let pressure release naturally.
    • Use tongs to discard solids and strain stock into a large bowl using a fine mesh strainer and cool.
    • Divide between containers or glass jars, and store for later use, or use immediately.

    Stovetop instructions

    • Place all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
    • Once boiling, reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer for about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
    • Use tongs to discard solids and strain stock into a large bowl using a fine mesh strainer and cool.
    • Divide between containers or glass jars, and store for later use, or use immediately.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • This recipe is easily adapted for other bones and carcasses like chicken, pork, beef or lamb.
    • Use any fresh herbs you have leftover from Thanksgiving for a more flavorful stock.
    • When you strain the stock it will be very hot so take care. I like to use a large ladle or a jug and do it bit by bit.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 735mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2776IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Ingredient
    Cuisine American
    Keyword how to make turkey stock, instant pot turkey stock, stovetop turkey stock

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