Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TIGHTIGHTWAD TUESDAY - Don't Toss Those Turkey Bones!

Turkey Carcass Soup
That wonderful, Thankfulness filled, Turkey Day is almost upon us... just two more days. All over the USA, more turkeys than I could possibly count are sitting in the bottom of refrigerators thawing out, waiting to be deliciously smoked - roasted - fried - or cooked any number of other interesting ways.

When that anxiously awaited Thanksgiving meal time arrives, that multitude of turkeys all gets carved and the serving platters filled. As those platters of sliced turkey empty, the remainder of the turkey is pulled off of the bone and served as guests continue to stuff their already bulging tummies with even more tasty turkey.

But what happens next in most households is downright sinful! Most people toss that empty carcass and those bones away! Ugh! What a waste! Those bones may 'look' empty, but there is still far more to them than the average person would think.

Place all of those bones into a large kettle and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for at least an hour or so. With a slotted spoon, remove bones to another pan or tray to cool. When you examine those bones, you will be amazed to learn that there was still quite a bit of turkey left on them. It easily turns loose after it has been simmered for awhile. What is left in the pot is a wonderfully large amount of turkey soup stock that can be used in a multitude of ways.

My favorite thing to do with all of this is to make soup. I remove all of that turkey that turned loose of the bone during simmering and add it back into the stock pot with a mix of vegetables  and spices - whatever yo have on hand.... simmer some more, add cooked noodles, and it is the most wonderful soup! At this point, the bones can finally be sent to the compost pile.

That turkey broth can be used for so many other things, too. It can be used to make gravy, mashed potatoes, rice .... the possibilities are endless! Can you believe people throw all that yummy food-still-to-come away after the turkey has been taken off the bone? What an enormous loss of some very delicious, nearly 'free' food. By adding your own homegrown vegetables, it could very well be a free pot of soup from something that is ordinarily tossed out. It is a great place to use up all those veggies that are beginning to get bad spots in them and need to be cut up into something. You know, there is only one of this kind, and one of that kind.... not enough of each kind to really do anything with? But by tossing them all into the turkey bone broth pot, they all blend together wonderfully!

If you have any additional good uses for turkey bones after all of the turkey has been pulled off of them, we would love to hear them! Just leave your suggestions, ideas and uses in the comments below.


  1. I hope you will try Turkey A La King this time, if you haven't already.
    Happy Thanksgiving both X mc

    1. I have not tried that, but it sounds really good! I will look up a recipe for it because I am not familiar with what it is. If you know of a good one, I would be glad for you to point me to it. Also, if you have a good one, I would be happy to post it here, or feel free to post it yourself in the comments. Thank you very much!!! And thank you for stopping in!

  2. This method should be ok http://www.easy-meal-planning.com/turkey-a-la-king.html

    I've never had it with mushrooms.

    Mine usually is onion, bell pepper, carrots, peas, stock, butter, flour, turkey, salt pepper.
    you can add sweetcorn if you like.
    It's nice served with boiled rice. :)
    Consistency should be similar to a curry.

    1. Thank you so much! That sounds wonderful! And I especially like that the prep time is only 10 minutes (though I am sure it will take me longer). I will have to try it with the mushrooms in it, and the rice, of course.

      To see the link misschoos shared, simply highlight the link, copy, then past it in your browser. I apologize for not having the actual link capabilities set up on here. For now, we have it set that way due to some annoying spam we have been getting.

  3. Well blow me, that name will link you to a blog page I didn't know was still in existence.


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