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!
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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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.
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.
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.
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!