Turkey Bone Broth

turkey bone broth

One of the best parts of cooking a turkey over the holidays is the turkey bone broth you can make with the bones. Yes, save those bird bones no one wants because you’re going to want this broth for your next batch of Green Soup! This hearty broth will help your gut heal after all of the sweets, too.

If you’re asking yourself if you really want to be that person on Thanksgiving that shouts, “NO! Don’t throw out the bones, I want them!” Allow me to answer that question for you with an absolutely yes, be that person.

Sourcing Your Turkey

What’s the deal with pasture-raised? Most of the meat we eat in our home has been raised and processed with the utmost care in mind. This means they also contain higher levels of bio-available nutrients from being raised in natural, outdoor conditions. If you’re local to Houston or San Antonio, Texas Farm to Home delivers many farm to table meat and dairy products straight to your door. We’ve been utilizing his services for over three years now. Our turkey(s) will be delivered by him next week!

You can learn more about why it’s important to consider meat sources on my Weston A. Price Foundation Overview here.

Some Other Helpful Tips

I have shared both my chicken and beef bone broth recipes as well. Be sure to check them out for a fool-proof way to store your broth as well:

Pasture Raised Turkey Brine Recipe

turkey brine recipe

When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas, I go all out with homemade all the things. I came up with this simple Turkey Brine Recipe in 2020 when I couldn’t find the one I’d been loving for years in stores. Needless to say, it was delicious and I’ll never look back. If you’re looking for a simple way to DIY this year for the holidays, give this easy recipe a shot!

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Gather Your Ingredients

If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve noticed I’m pretty particular about my ingredients. I love to purchase fresh, organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs. Most sugar cane grown in the US is heavily sprayed with pesticides and grown as a GMO crop, so I always opt for organic for that. I think the Himalayan sea salt really shines in this recipe, too.

If you don’t have dried orange or lemon zest on hand, fresh is always great too! Last year I used all dry, but this year I am using fresh rosemary as well as fresh orange and lemon zest instead of dried. You can even get more creative with optional add-ons like dried cranberries, if you’d like!

Sourcing Your Turkey

What’s the deal with pasture-raised? Most of the meat we eat in our home has been raised and processed with the utmost care in mind. This means they also contain higher levels of bio-available nutrients from being raised in natural, outdoor conditions. If you’re local to Houston or San Antonio, Texas Farm to Home delivers many farm to table meat and dairy products straight to your door. We’ve been utilizing his services for over three years now. Our turkey(s) will be delivered by him next week!

You can learn more about why it’s important to consider meat sources on my Weston A. Price Foundation Overview here.

Plan Ahead!

Don’t forget to consider thawing times based on the weight of your turkey, and gathering your necessary ingredients well before the need to prepare your brine. Your bird should be thawed completely and plan to brine for 12-24 hours before you plan to cook it. Print this recipe and get started!

Making Beef Bone Broth at Home

Once you use this beef bone broth recipe, you’ll never want to go back to buying store bought again! I’ve taken a lovely and decadent recipe by Rhoda Boone I found on Epicurious and adapted it to make a more affordable, bulk batch of delicious beef broth.

Be sure to visit my Chicken Broth Recipe for instructions on how to bag your broth to both store and thaw it easily!

Quality Matters when Making Beef Bone Broth at Home

When it comes to nourishment, you are what your food eats. It’s really important to source grass-fed beef from reputable farms (local is best!) to obtain the most nutrients out of what you’re feeding yourself and your family.

Making Beef Bone Broth at Home

Optimum health requires animal foods and fats. Vitamins A, D, K2, B12, B6, Zinc, essential fatty acids, and amino acids are all beneficial nutrients. You will find some of these beneficial nutrients exclusively in sustainably raised animal products.

Conventionally Raised vs. Pasture Raised

Conventionally raised animals are typically raised in ultra-confinement conditions with little to no access to the outdoors. They are almost always fed artificially with inexpensive GMO feed. They are often given performance-enhancing drugs which causes them to be efficient and profitable. There is also usually zero regard to humane processing options available when it comes to conventional meat. Modern conveniences do not come with consequences on both the animals well-being and the health of those consuming the meat products produced this way.

Pasture raised animals are raised primarily outdoors with appropriate access to shelter to protect them against the elements. They are almost always fed expensive non-GMO feed or grass. They are not given antibiotics (mainly because it’s often unnecessary in their living conditions with no confinement). These animals are typically processed humanely with care and thanks being given to the animal. Regenerative farming is also common with these farming methods.

Making beef bone broth at home requires some homework, if you want to do it right.

Know Your Farmer(s)

The most important thing to consider when sourcing animal products we consume is not always looking for the cheapest cut. Sometimes we are in positions where we have to consider the cost of our food. I am currently one of those people. Based on what I know, though, I can no longer make a decision based ONLY on the lowest price tag.

I think what we have been conditioned to blindly do in our culture is walk up to the meat section of our grocery store and not consider it’s origination. We don’t ask questions like, “Did this animal have access to sunshine and grass over the course of it’s life?” Instead we tend to think more like, “What’s on sale this week?”

There are nutrients our bodies require to obtain optimum health. Some of those are EXCLUSIVELY found in animal products raised in the right environment (pasture raised, etc.) These nutrients are simply not found in nature outside of these conditions.

Let’s stop considering simply the cost of the meat we are buying. But, let’s also consider the cost of what looking the other way could mean for these animals, as well as our health. Are you with me?

Making Chicken Bone Broth at Home

If you’re not already making your own bone broth in your kitchen: you’re spending either too much on the good stuff or too little on the imitation of the good stuff. Chicken bone broth is so versatile in home cooking, as well as extremely nourishing and sustainable.

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Benefits of Bone Broth

According to the book Nourishing Broth – An Old Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World by Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel, bone broth has the ability to support a number of ailments. It improves the gut by aiding digestion. It strengthens bones and joints and stabilizes moods. This liquid gold even restores the weak and ailing back to health and a normal appetite with it’s many provided minerals and nutrients.

Nourishing Broth is another must have book by Sally.

It’s no mystery why we think we need chicken soup every time we get sick. There is truth behind that notion, but the stuff we find in a can today doesn’t cut it. True bone broth, slow simmered for hours over heat, has the ability to work wonders for various ailments. However, broths we find on the grocery store today are a terrible substitution for this wonderful food that has almost vanished from our kitchens. Thankfully, in a pinch, you can find decent ones in the freezer section, but you’ll certainly pay a steep price for it. This is one great reason to make chicken bone broth at home.

chicken bone broth recipe

Uses for Bone Broth

You can easily replace stock in any soup recipe you come across with homemade bone broth. It takes a basic soup recipe and majorly improves the nutritional quality of that soup. Green Soup is my household’s favorite way to utilize this homemade chicken broth. If you haven’t tried it yet, get it on your meal plan ASAP!

Another great way to add more of this liquid gold into your diet is making rice with it. It can even replace water in a homemade mac n’ cheese recipe like these ones from Jovial. This will also increase the protein content of your rice or mac n’ cheese, which is great!

The simplest way to use homemade bone broth is by reheating it on the stove, adding a bit of salt, and sipping on it throughout the day like a cup of tea. Especially when you or someone in your home is ill, this is a great way to boost your immune system and strengthen your gut and body.

Store-Bought vs. Homemade

We don’t always realize that something like Better Than Bouillon isn’t the best option for us, health wise. Sure, it’s tasty, but it’s not contributing to our health. Just because something has a label with “organic” doesn’t equal nutrient dense, either. A handful of the ingredients in Better Than Bouillon are: cane sugar, maltodextrin, flavoring, and natural flavor. A quick search online will bring up a description of maltodextrin:

It is commonly used for the production of soft drinks and candy. It can also be found as an ingredient in a variety of other processed foods.

Wikipedia

Can sugar is one of the furthest things from a healthy food option. My recipe below includes no sugar added to your homemade broth. It’s simply not needed. Consider researching how highly-addictive sugar is and you’ll begin to understand why it’s put in just about every commercially produced food product that is marketed to us.

Natural flavorings can be just about anything. Again, research these things so you have a more well-rounded view on what you’re reading on your food labels while shopping for your family.

The cost to purchase the really good options in a store are more than double that of their watered-down imitations. In a pinch, I have purchased store-bought broth before, but I wasted a lot of money on it considering it costs me close to nothing to make at home. The best options in the store won’t be sitting on the shelf, though. You typically want to look at the options in the freezer section of the store to find the actual bone broth.

chicken bone broth recipe

Storing Your Homemade Broth

The best method I’ve discovered for storing homemade bone broth is in the freezer in a food saver bag. I freeze my chicken broth in quart-sized bags, and lay them flat to dry. I’ve yet to have a bag break on me using this method. You simply seal one end, fill the open end with cooled broth, and lay your bag down with enough edge to seal without it seeping out. You can carefully remove all of the air out by hand and use the moist button while sealing. Do not use the function that removes the air, or you’ll have a big mess.

Lay your bags flat in the freezer and then you can store them how you’d like once they’re solid. I hope this helps you as much as it has me!