I just recently purchased a little package of chicken bouillon cubes to make my own broth. Although it was only 99 cents at Market Basket, it was still a little bit painful because it had been almost a year since I had to buy it!
Last Christmas, after dinner, and after I placed all the leftovers in the fridge, I looked at the carcass of our 26 pound turkey and thought, “There has to be something I can do with this other than throwing it in the trash!” I went to google, and several hours later, I had almost a one year supply of turkey broth!
Here is all you need to do…
Put your turkey carcass in a large pot, covered with water. Add any carrots, celery, onions, etc that you have on hand. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about three hours. Skim yuckiness off the top periodically. Basically, when when bones are bare, it’s done. Remove the bones from the pan and cool the stock in the fridge overnight. I took my cooled stock/broth and filled ice cube trays, and once frozen, I placed the cubes in zip lock bags and stored in the freezer. They lasted about 6 months in the freezer before they started getting all freezer burn-ish. I would just melt a few as needed for any recipe that called for broth throughout the year.
PS ~ This stock is perfect for making your own cream soup for recipes! Stay tuned for the recipe for a cream-of-whatever soup replacement before you stock up for the holidays!
If you’re interested you can check out more recipes and tips for the holidays on my blog.