How to Make a Rich Roasted Turkey Stock (aka bone broth) without Roasting a Turkey

Dark brown turkey stock being poured out of a white ladle into a stock pot.

Why buy turkey stock when you can easily make it at home. Either you made our Amazing Sous Vide & Smoked Turkey, or you saved some turkey bones from the past. Either way, roasting the carcass and veggies first just adds depth to your stock. And all of it can be done while you’re sleeping and dreaming of this delicious elixir of life.  

Roasted veggies and turkey bones in a slowcooker. There's a nutcracker in the foreground who looks like a chef.

Roasting the bones and veg is key on getting that deep rich color and flavor.

How to Make a Rich Roasted Turkey Stock (aka bone broth)

Stacey Mincoff
Why buy turkey stock when you can easily make it at home. Roasting the carcass and veggies first just adds depth to your stock. And all of it can be done while you’re sleeping and dreaming of this delicious elixir of life. 
Servings 16 Cups

Ingredients
  

  • Bones from Turkey (all or half of the bones from a whole turkey)
  • 3 Carrots (medium)
  • 1 Onion (large)
  • 5 Garlic (large)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3 stalks of Celery
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt + a couple of pinches
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat convection oven to 375°F.
  • Place turkey bones, carrots, onions, and garlic cloves in a large roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and roast for 1 hour.
  • Flip bones over and roast for another 20 minutes.
  • Dump all contents from roasting pan into a large slow cooker along with a few spears of celery.  Add the 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and a pinch or two of additional salt.  
  • Meanwhile, pour enough water to cover the bottom of the roasting pan by an inch or so.  Cook on stove top on high or medium high. 
  • Deglaze the pan by stirring and scraping until all the bits are removed from the bottom of the pan. 
  • Pour all of this into the slow cooker along with the turkey carcass and roasted veggies along with fresh celery, cover with water up to about 1/4” from the top of the slow cooker. Set temp on high and cook for 12-24 hours.  
  • Ater it’s cooked let it cool for a bit, but while it’s still warm, strain through a seive lined with cheesecloth.
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Step by Step Instructions

Preheat convection oven to 375°F. 

Place turkey bones, carrots, onions, and garlic cloves in a large roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and roast for 1 hour. Flip bones over and roast for another 20 minutes. 

Roasted veggies and turkey bones in a slowcooker. There's a nutcracker in the foreground who looks like a chef.

Dump all contents from roasting pan into a large slow cooker.  Add the 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and a pinch or two of additional salt.  

Meanwhile, pour enough water to cover the bottom of the roasting pan by an inch or so.  Cook on stove top on high or medium high. Deglaze the pan by stirring and scraping until all the bits are removed from the bottom of the pan.

Black oval roasting pan with white specks has liquid with brown bits and fat that is ready for deglazing to make awesome turkey stock.

Pour all of this into the slow cooker along with the turkey carcass and roasted veggies along with fresh celery, cover with water up to about 1/4” from the top of the slow cooker. Set temp on high and cook for 12-24 hours.  

Roasted veggies, turkey bones plus fresh celery, in a slowcooker.

After it’s done, let it cool for a bit then strain through cheesecloth in a seive while it’s still warm. Freeze in large cube trays, freezer bags, or can with a pressure canner in jars.

Two very large glass measuring cups fill with dark brown turkey stock. There's a nutcracker in the background who looks like a chef.
Several large glass jars filled with a dark amber liquid. One is being placed via canning tongs. There's a nutcracker in the background who looks like a chef.
Pepé is quite proud of our Rich Roasted Turkey Stock (aka bone broth).

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