The Thanksgiving turkey is a gift that keeps on giving! I’m talking about the bones and carcass. The day after Thanksgiving, the only meal preparation done in my kitchen is crafting turkey sandwiches and reheating side dishes! I need the day to rest so my body can refresh from all the activity and fun on Thanksgiving day! On Saturday I get my stock pot revved up using the carcass and bones from the holiday bird.
The carcass and bones are fundamental ingredients used to create a rich, nutritious, yummy stock or broth. I’m using the terms stock and broth interchangeably because they are the same to me. More sophisticated chefs will distinguish between the two, but I’m not there, yet! There is science to back-up the nutrition claims, but I think homemade bone broth is just magically good! Even our adult son will ask for it when he has a cold! My appreciation for the broth continues to grow as I learn more about it. At this point, I’m satisfied knowing important nutrients are released from the bones, herbs, vegetables, and spices into the liquid I simmer them in!
My broth this year contained the carcass and bones, celery with leaves, carrots, onion, whole peppercorns, and bay leaves. The vegetables were washed, but not peeled. They were cut to roughly the size to fit the pot, (I cut the carrots on a diagonal to maximize the surface area exposed, therefore maximizing release of nutrients into the water). I then added the vegetables to the stockpot containing the bones. I added enough cold filtered water to cover, brought it to a boil, then skimmed the foam that surfaced. I then lowered the heat and simmered it for over eight hours. I strained the contents of the stockpot with a colander, then discarded the solids. I cooled the broth in the refrigerator, skimmed the surface fat and proceeded to make a turkey vegetable soup, which turned out fantastic! I’ll share that recipe in my next post, so be sure to return!!!!!
Homemade broth is one of those things I’ve talked about that just make me feel better. As I’ve shared before, when I find things that make me feel better, I remember them for future reference. It is all a part of the process to live a victorious autoimmune lifestyle! We are all unique, but there are some commonalities we share. The trick is to get to know our own body and what does or does not work for us. After all, we are all in this together! I’m so happy you stopped by, please come back soon! **Cathy**