Leftover Turkey Broth

Leftover turkey broth is a wonderful way to utilize the remaining turkey carcass and scraps to make a flavorful homemade broth that can be used in soups, stews, or other recipes. Here’s a simple recipe to make leftover turkey broth:

Leftover Turkey Broth


  • Turkey carcass and scraps (from a roasted turkey)
  • Water
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, or parsley (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Start by removing any excess meat from the turkey carcass and set it aside for other uses.
  2. Place the turkey carcass, including bones and skin, into a large stockpot or Dutch oven.
  3. Add enough water to cover the turkey carcass completely.
  4. Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaf, and any fresh herbs you prefer.
  5. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let the broth simmer gently for several hours, ideally 3-4 hours. This long simmering time helps extract the flavors and nutrients from the turkey bones and vegetables.
  6. Occasionally skim off any foam or impurities that rise to the surface of the broth.
  7. After simmering, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool slightly.
  8. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a clean container, discarding the solids (bones, vegetables, and herbs).
  9. At this point, you can season the broth with salt and pepper to taste. Be cautious with the salt as it’s easier to add more later if needed.
  10. Let the broth cool to room temperature, then refrigerate it overnight. This allows the fat to rise to the surface and solidify, making it easier to skim off.
  11. The next day, skim off any solidified fat from the top of the broth and discard it.
  12. Transfer the leftover turkey broth to airtight containers or freeze it in smaller portions for later use.

The leftover turkey broth can be used as a base for soups, stews, gravies, or as a flavorful liquid in recipes that call for broth. It adds a rich depth of flavor and is a great way to reduce waste by making use of the turkey leftovers.

Enjoy your homemade leftover turkey broth!

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