Do NOT Throw Out the Turkey Carcass! (how to make bone broth)

For the love of all that is good and healthy, PLEASE refrain from throwing out the turkey bones and junk on Thanksgiving!!!

WHY you are asking??

What if I shared with you how easy it is to save money in making your own broth. BUT not just ANY broth. A HEALTHY broth that will help boost your immune system and give you a whole bunch of other health benefits!

I've got your attention now! Who doesn't want to be healthier, especially using something that most people will just throw out this time of year?!

Have you ever heard of bone broth? No? Well let me just share a few benefits that come from consuming bone broth.

  • Bone broth is an excellent form of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, all in an easy to digest form for your body.
  • This broth produces a gelatin that is healing to the mucous lining of the digestive system, especially good for those with intestinal issues.
  • If you have inflammation due to autoimmune issues or inflamed joints, this broth contains chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine which helps reduce inflammation and calms the body.
  • There is also collagen in this broth which is good for your skin, hair & nails!

Ok, enough with me listing the health benefits (and if you don't believe me, just google "bone broth" and you'll find lots of articles and people recommending it!)

Bone Broth

After you picked off all your meat, grab your crockpot. Put the bones and skin in it. Chunk up the following into big pieces:

2 carrots
1-2 onions WITH the skin on
3-4 gloves of garlic (cut or smashed)
4 or so stalks of celery (with leaves is fine)
2 bay leaves
some parsley (if you have it, I've made it without)
2-4 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar, the higher amount if you have a large crockpot (this is the KEY to extracting the nutrients! I personally use this apple cider vinegar due to the great health benefits it provides)

Once you have everything in the crockpot, fill it with water and turn on low. Let this simmer for a good 24 hrs. I typically start this in the evening after our meal and cook it about a day & a half. I'll even ladle out a few cups to drink (with a few pinches of celtic sea salt added in). Just replace with some additional water if you do this. It is SO delicious to drink!

Let it cool then strain. I fill lots of small containers and freeze it (or pressure can it)  to use for soups and casseroles. This broth tastes much better than anything you'd buy in the store, plus it saves money AND is so good for you! A total win!

You can also do this with beef bones as well as chicken bones.


  1. just put my carcass in the crockpot! :) next is the deer bones...

    1. Yay! Keep me posted on the deer bones and if it works out, I will update this post to share your findings! :)


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