I am sharing this recipe for Turkey Stock to use for Gravy or Soup. Make it ahead of time to simplify Thanksgiving preparations.
When the temperatures outside begin to fall, and the air feels crisper, I know it’s time to gather the ingredients necessary to make this Turkey Stock. We use this flavorful Turkey Stock for Gravy on Thanksgiving Day, but then we also use it for soups after Thanksgiving.
In the perfect world, you would use turkey wings for this turkey broth, but as fate would have it, turkey wings are much harder to come by than turkey legs. At first, this situation confounded me…I mean, if you have a turkey with legs, surely that turkey has wings too! But I have since tried to find reluctant peace with the situation by reasoning that yes, while all turkeys with legs also have wings, it takes more wings to make stocks, broths, meals, etc… So, until turkeys sprout additional sets of wings, I fear we will always have the ‘more legs to wings’ scenario.
All that to say, look for turkey wings, but if you can’t find them, buy the legs!
My mom started making this turkey stock for our gravy about 15 years ago. Prior to that, we would use chicken stock or broth. I am forever thankful to mom for coming to the realization that the best Turkey Gravy really happens when you use a turkey stock! And I’m especially thankful because while I could go the rest of my life without ever eating turkey, turkey gravy is a whole different thing.
This Turkey Stock recipe is similar to this Chicken Broth Recipe. The Chicken Broth post also discusses how to use your Pressure Canner, which you could use to make this Turkey Stock shelf-stable.
In fact, on Thanksgiving, we roast a turkey for most of the family and small roast beef for my son and me. I enjoy my roast beef alongside my stuffing and potatoes topped with turkey gravy!
And, once Thanksgiving has passed and you have made your turkey carcass soup, you can add this turkey stock to it to up the flavor or save it and make this low-fat Creamy Turkey Soup when you are trying to get back to your pre-holiday fighting weight!
As far as making the turkey gravy, there are 2 methods I use.
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