Making Turkey (or Chicken) Soup

When making turkey (chicken) soup, simmer the broken up carcass. tiny bits of meat left on the carving board, the wing tips and tail, in enough water to cover. Add a little celery, carrot, onion and a clove of garlic to the pot. Add a little salt and pepper.

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Remember the stock will reduce and it's easy to over salt at this point. If the carcass has a little bit of stuffing in the nooks and crannies, so much the better. Once the stock has simmered for an hour or two, strain and cool. Discard the vegetables and pick any useable meat from the bones.

Put the stock in the refrigerator over night. All the turkey (chicken) fat will rise to the top and congeal. Carefully remove this fat and use sparingly to saute vegetables (celery, carrots, onions, plus whatever you like in your soup) until they are translucent. Heat the stock and add the sautéed vegetables and any leftover turkey (chicken) to the soup. Simmer until everything is tender and then season to taste.

By using this method your soup isn't greasy, and by using the turkey (chicken) fat to saute the veggies rather than oil or butter, has even more turkey (chicken) flavor, and you're using something that would have been thrown away.
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By ShellyE from Las Vegas, Nevada

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December 4, 20050 found this helpful

Add a little vinegar to the water at the beginning of cooking to draw the calcium out of the bones. You'll never taste it, and it'll add nutrients.

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By Terry (Guest Post)
November 15, 20060 found this helpful

I wouldn't discard the veggies from the simmering, I usually blend them into the stock after taking off the fat!! We deep fry our turkeys and this makes a very rich stock. i have been making a turkey almost once a month since finding out how wonderful deep frying was! Needless to say i also have lots of soup too!

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By marilynj100 (Guest Post)
November 15, 20060 found this helpful

Haven't tried this, but it sure sounds great! Thanks for the recipe! Will give it a try next week!!!!!

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November 16, 20090 found this helpful

Will try this soon. Sounds very good.

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