Save your leftover turkey bones this Christmas, and join me in making a nutrient-rich bone broth out of that turkey carcass. At the end of the article, we will learn how to make turkey broth soup in our homemade turkey broth recipe.

Leftover turkey bone soup is an elixir of healthy nutrients when going through an intermittent fasting cycle. If you undergo a longer-term fasting cycle, bone broth soup is one of the best ways to protect yourself from muscle degradation while continuing to detoxify and reset your metabolic system. Bone broth also contains calcium and magnesium, two nutrients that the kidneys excrete heavily during long fasting periods.

Bone Broth Tradition

This is a reminder of an old tradition when the turkey carcass did not go to waste. Bones, cartilage, and tough meat went into a stock pot and cooked over 2 days. Today, this tradition has sadly disappeared as we got used to the instant gratification of a fast food culture. When we cook, we buy our favorite cuts and boneless meats, and we throw out the rest.

Since the 1950s, food companies have been producing meat-like flavors in the laboratory, and prepackaged stock put an end to homemade gelatin. It was cheaper to use inexpensive proteins from grains to produce MSG for use in packaged bouillon cubes, dehydrated soup, sauce mixes, and additives to provide a meaty taste. The texture of gelatin was also chemically reproduced, but the health benefits were no longer there.

Bone Broth in World Cuisine

Japanese and South Korean cuisine is known for many types of broth, which are consumed throughout the day, and both of these nations have a higher life expectancy than the US. In some European countries, like France, it is not unusual to see chicken hooves and feet being displayed at butcher shops for sale. The gelatin contained in them is a base for many French dishes.

Medicinal Properties of Bone Broth

The most visible part of bone broth is that jelly-like substance that forms after cooling it. This is what contains collagen, and it is packed with nutrients and minerals that have many medicinal properties. While it is not a protein, it is needed to utilize proteins for building connective tissue.

Gelatin contains collagen, which strengthens bones, joints, and ligaments and helps with arthritis. Aside from the benefits from collagen, it reduces joint and muscle pain with key nutrients: chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine. For those of you who buy supplements for arthritis and joint pain, you know how expensive these nutrients can be.

Gelatin also helps to keep the skin looking smoother and younger, it helps eliminate cellulite, and it promotes hair and nail growth.

It helps you fight off infections by providing the necessary nutrients for building healthier white blood cells, and it helps to heal autoimmune disorders.

It helps with digestion. The gelatin from this bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds the digestive liquids and heals your gut. It also regulates the synthesis of bile salts, gastric acids, and blood sugar levels. These properties help alleviate the symptoms of hyperacidity, colitis and Crohn’s disease.

It also has L-glutamic acid, an important nutrient for healthy brain function.

Bone broth reduces inflammation

It reduces inflammation by limiting carbohydrates and making many anti-inflammatory nutrients highly available during the fasting regimen. These anti-inflammatory nutrients include glycine, proline, arginine, chondroitin sulfates, and glucosamine.

Other Benefits of Glycine

Glycine has a positive impact on sleep patterns, and it is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. It is also important for synthesizing DNA and RNA proteins.

Turkey Bone Broth Recipe

For chefs, this stock is a wonderful base for amazing sauces and soups. The recipe below uses a 24-hour cooking time, but this can be increased to 48 hours or until the bones become soft. It is important to keep in mind that the longer the cooking time, the more nutrients and minerals come out of the bones and cartilage into the broth.

How to make the turkey broth

 

CategoryDifficultyIntermediate

This recipe is sure to stretch the Christmas celebration with the cinnamon aroma. We will make use of the cartilage-rich leftover turkey bones to make the most nutrient-dense bone broth possible. It is high in gelatin and can be used as a base for many other dishes.

To reduce the strong flavor, add water and your desired ingredients to make flavorful stews. If using a slow cooker, double cooking times. If you are otherwise in a hurry and want to use a pressure cooker, cut cooking time in half.

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time1 day

Turkey Bone Broth

Ingredients
4 lbs Leftover turkey bones
1 Onion
2 Garlic cloves
2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
1 stick Cinnamon
1 tbsp Sea salt
1 tbsp Black peppercorns
Enough water to cover all the ingredients

Preparation
1

Place the bones in a stockpot. Add all the ingredients, and pour in the water. Make sure the water covers all the bones. Do not skip the vinegar because it is what releases the nutrients from the bones into the broth.

Cooking
2

Bring the water to boil over high heat. Wait 3 minutes after reaching the boiling point.

3

Reduce heat to low, and cover the stockpot. Simmer for 12 to 24 hours.

4

Check the pot every few hours to ensure that it is still simmering. Skim any solids that rise to the top, and add water if needed to keep the bones covered.

5

When bones are soft, turn off the heat and carefully pour through a colander into a large bowl, removing all the solids. Cool the broth and seal it in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for longer-term storage.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 Cup

Servings 12


Amount Per Serving
Calories 36
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g2%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 158mg7%
Potassium 98mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 12g24%

Vitamin A 4%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%
Phosphorus 2%
Magnesium 2%
Zinc 1%
Selenium 2%
Copper 1%
Manganese 1%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 4 lbs Leftover turkey bones
 1 Onion
 2 Garlic cloves
 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
 1 stick Cinnamon
 1 tbsp Sea salt
 1 tbsp Black peppercorns
 Enough water to cover all the ingredients

Directions

Preparation
1

Place the bones in a stockpot. Add all the ingredients, and pour in the water. Make sure the water covers all the bones. Do not skip the vinegar because it is what releases the nutrients from the bones into the broth.

Cooking
2

Bring the water to boil over high heat. Wait 3 minutes after reaching the boiling point.

3

Reduce heat to low, and cover the stockpot. Simmer for 12 to 24 hours.

4

Check the pot every few hours to ensure that it is still simmering. Skim any solids that rise to the top, and add water if needed to keep the bones covered.

5

When bones are soft, turn off the heat and carefully pour through a colander into a large bowl, removing all the solids. Cool the broth and seal it in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for longer-term storage.

Turkey Bone Broth