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Married twenty-three years to my wonderful husband and best friend. We have 3 "home-grown" kids, 1 hand-picked by God from Africa and 1 very hyper-active dog. Our life is blessed. We are a close knit family with strong Christian beliefs. And just recently we have bought ourselves a farm. Do we know what we are doing? Nope. Come along with us on our journey…you might have a great laugh or two.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Let's talk turkey...

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am sure that you have been inundated with turkey recipes.  They are everywhere.  You can fry it, roast it, bake it, boil it...on, and on and on the list goes.  But what about AFTER you cook it.  What do you do then?

Most people simply throw that bad boy in the trash when they are done.  But what if I told you that you can make the most wonderful broth with it.  It's so easy and incredibly healthy for you and better yet, it takes only just a few ingredients.

First, don't throw away the turkey after you have cooked it and peeled the turkey all off of it.

Obviously...

Even if you don't want to cook anything else on Thanksgiving, you can throw that bad boy into the freezer and cook it at your convenience.  Even better, right?  Plus, your house is gonna smell W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L.  Oh yeah.


Okay so here goes, place the turkey into a big ol' stock pot.  Don't get too picky here.  Just pick the biggest pot ya got.  Next, fill the pot with water until the bird is completely covered.  Again, this is not rocket science...it's just water.  Trust me, you can't mess this one up.

Place two onions quartered in with the bones as well as 3 or 4 carrots cut in half.  Next, put about 2 or 3 celery sticks cut in half into the pot.  (I really just put in whatever I have in the fridge.  Sometimes I've got celery sometimes I don't...it's okay, really).


Now comes the seasonings.  Put 1/4 cup parsley into the water as well as about 1 tablespoon of salt and   1 teaspoon of pepper.

That's it!

Crank that baby up to a boil and then simmer it for at least a couple of hours or all day if you would like.  You are getting out all of those wonderful vitamins and minerals from those bones.  So much better for you than those in a box at the supermarket.  After a couple of hours, place a strainer over a big bowl and strain out the bones and veggies.

And viola!....you've got yourself some turkey broth.

When it's cooled, you can freeze it to use later in soups, stews, rice...anything really that calls for chicken broth.  I usually freeze mine in 4 cup bags in the freezer and just thaw when needed.  It's so good and better for you and your family.

So go on out there and let's use up every last inch of that bird and provide your family with many more meals.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed...

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