With Thanksgiving season upon us here in North America, many of us will be eating a lot of turkey this week!
But before you go throwing it out those leftover bones and scraps, check out this easy bone broth recipe below that you can make using those leftovers…
Did you know?
Bone broth is rich in connective tissue nutrients such as trace minerals, glucosamine and collagen which help support our joints, bones and skin. It is also high in L-glutamine, which is an amino-acid that helps repair gut-lining. Bone broth can also neutralize stomach acid and support a stronger immune system. It has many great health benefits both for us and for our carnivorous pets!
Even if you’ve never made bone broth before, this is an easy recipe to follow!
The most important step is soaking the bones in vinegar. This helps extract the connective tissue and important nutrients.
Let’s get started! For this recipe, you will need:
-1 turkey carcass (ok to still have some meat attached to the bone)
-2 tablespoons vinegar
-3-4 quarts filtered water (depending on the amount of leftovers, you want enough water to fully submerge the carcass with about 2 inches of water to spare)
-3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
-4-5 carrots, coarsely chopped
-2-3 sprigs of parsley and thyme
-1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
A word of caution:
**Because you will be sharing with your pet – avoid adding onions or garlic to your bone broth! Some pets may be sensitive to these ingredients.**
- Start by washing the bones and meat thoroughly before adding to your pot.
- Place the carcass into a pot with cold, filtered water and add 2 tablespoons of vinegar
- Let soak for 30 – 60 minutes
- After soaking, gently bring the water to a simmer. Keep uncovered.
- As the mixture is simmering, you may notice some “scum” coming to the surface. The scum carries impurities and may give a bitter flavor to the broth, so remove as much as you can throughout the cooking process.
- After the initial simmering process (60 minutes), add in carrots, celery, a few sprigs of parsley, thyme and peppercorns.
- Cook at a bare simmer with the lid off for 4-6 hours, occasionally skimming scum from the top as needed.
- Make sure that the bones remain covered with water, and add more water as needed throughout the long cooking process.
After fully cooked, strain the stock through a fine mesh strainer.
**Remember: do not feed cooked bones to your pet! These may splinter and cause serious problems**
Now your broth is ready to go!
Pour into glass mason jars for storage. When ready to feed, lightly warm up the broth.
To serve: Mix 1-2 spoonfuls of gelled, cooled broth with your pet’s food. Always start with small amounts when introducing something new.
Alternatively, warm it up and mix small amounts with dog or cat food as a tasty nutritional treat for you and your pets!!