Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup or Chicken Stock
Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup
1 whole turkey carcass, or if you didn’t cook this year, as much of the bones and guts you can wrestle away from grandma
1 or 2 whole large yellow onions
1 whole bunch of celery, including all the leaves
A few cans of organic chicken broth, or just water
A few cubes of chicken bullion (find an all-natural brand)
A few cloves of garlic
Carrots: either whole baby carrots, shredded carrots, or cut up carrots, whatever kind you like
I package of egg noodles, whatever width you like
Cut up chunks of white meat from the turkey
Salt and pepper to taste
Get a giant stock pot and put in the carcass or guts.
Cut up the onions in quarters and pop those in.
Cut the end of the celery and pop the whole bunch in.
Add a few whole cloves of garlic and a few cubes of bullion.
Cover the entire thing with chicken broth or water or a little of both. Add several large pinches of salt and pepper.
Put a lid on the stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least one hour. I simmer mine for a few hours, stirring occasionally.
As it’s simmering, take a large spoon every once in a while and skim off the stuff that floats to the top.
When you are done simmering, transfer the broth to a clean pot, making sure to strain out all the carcass and vegetables. I usually strain it a few times.*
Discard the vegetables and carcass you strained out.
Add your carrots to the broth and simmer until the carrots are tender.
Cook noodles according to package directions in another pot, and strain.
Add turkey pieces and noodles to soup. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
I usually ladle the broth out as much as I can before I dump the carcass and the vegetables into the strainer. It’s easier to handle the hot stock pot when it’s almost empty.
This broth freezes up really well. I usually take the strained broth (before adding anything else to it) and freeze it for soup later in the winter. All you need to do is thaw, and add noodles and carrots (if desired). You can also do this exact thing with a raw whole chicken or chicken bones. This is a very basic recipe that I use to make chicken stock/broth to use in all my recipes. Good stuff.
Happy Fitness Friday:)
On Thanksgiving Day – I usually go for a long run before we feast on all the fine foods! It makes me feel great, and it gets me good and hungry for feasting with family!
Have a lovely weekend!
This is a great post! I’m so glad I found you from your guest post today. I also write about healthy choices on my blog Heart Choices. This is excellent advice you gave. Thanksgiving is a day of thankfulness and good food. I always exercise and one of my ongoing tips is to not go to the table starving. I always try to spoil my appetite.
What? The give-a-way is over? This one came and went too fast….
Your turkey soup sounds a lot like the stock that I make for my stuffing. And yes it is absolutely delicious and very very aromatic. I also throw in some sage, rosemary and thyme. very very delicious!!
I continue to try to make healthier choices and working on not beating myself up when I mess up. Have cut back my Diet Pepsi consumption more than half — I was drinking close to 100 ounces a day so that would be about 700 ounces a week (I’m sure my kidneys must look like raisins) to now maybe 200 ounces a week. That’s a big improvement. Eating smaller portions for all my meals — serving my meals on the salad plates. And I have found that my scrub pants are not as tight on me…
I finally received the book so I will be reading it this weekend after I prepare my Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.
And since this year my mom is cooking thanksgiving dinner, it’s pretty safe to assume that I will behave… 🙂
Sandy, I popped over here from Internet Cafe. What a touching post you shared and I can relate to God’s silences. I love how you found the “secret” of our own resurection in the story of Lazarus. The Lord has used this passage to speak to me deep things in the past. It was encouraging for me to hear how He has used this passage in your life. God bless you, sister!