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How to Make the Best Homemade Turkey Broth - the best way to use those Thanksgiving leftovers!! #whole30

How to Make the Best Homemade Turkey Broth

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


The perfect way to use that leftover Thanksgiving turkey!


  • Leftover meat and bones from 10-15 pound turkey
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped into 45 sections
  • 3 stalks celery, rinsed and cut into large chunks
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into large chunks (you can quarter or slice)
  • 34 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 small bunch of fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 fresh sage leaves
  • 23 bay leaves
  • 1 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt, more to taste
  • water


  1. Place your meat and bone in a 6-8 qt dutch oven (other other stock pot) and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add additional ingredients.
  4. Stir well and then cover and let simmer for a minimum of 60-90 minutes (the longer you simmer, the more flavorful it will be).
  5. Taste and add additional salt, as needed, until reached desired flavor.
  6. Strain and place broth in mason jar for storage or use to make soup.


  • Turkey Soup: If you are making turkey soup immediately following, you can keep any meat and use it, although it may be a little dry – otherwise simply discard.
  • Storage: Place in refrigerator and use within 5-7 days or place in freezer (remember to leave extra room in mason jar if freezing to allow for expanding liquid).

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