I hope you had a fabulous holiday weekend – we did! If you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving meal the chances are high that you have left-overs and bones so here’s a simple bone broth recipe to make good use of all those turkey bones. If you’re not in the USA and don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, just use this any time you’ve cooked turkey or chicken. Growing up in South Africa, we didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving but roast turkey was almost always on the menu on Christmas Day in South Africa.
Chicken or turkey broth recipe
Bones from 1 whole free-range or organic chicken (or turkey – see note below)
4 quarts filtered water (almost 4 litres – South African spelling!)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 large organic onion, chopped
2 organic carrots, peeled and chopped
3 organic celery sticks, chopped
1 bunch of organic parsley
Place chicken (or turkey) pieces in a large stainless steel pot with water, vinegar and all the vegetables except parsley. Let stand for about 30 minutes to get it all to room temperature. Bring to a boil and remove the scum that rises to the top. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 6-24 hours. The longer you cook it the richer and more flavorful it will be. Add the parsley about 10 minutes before the end of cooking (this provides additional minerals). Strain and put into the fridge until the fat rises to the top and congeals. Skim off this fat (to use or discard) and keep the broth/stock in covered containers in your fridge or freezer.
If you use the bones from a free-range or organic turkey, you may need to double all the above ingredients, depending on the size of the turkey.
I typically start cooking mine early in the morning and leave it simmering until just before bedtime which provides around 15 hours of cooking. You could also use a crock-pot.
You can use the broth/stock as a base for soups, stews and to cook grains. It will add a yummy flavor and provide a nutrient-dense source of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium as well as a wonderful source of gelatin.
Adapted from the Chicken Stock recipe in Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
Sally has just co-authored a new book with Kaayla Daniel and it’s all about broths – Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World. It’s on my list to get!