Thursday, February 12, 2009

One and one and one is three

Providence (noun): provident or prudent management of resources; prudence.
example: buying an 11 lb turkey to feed 4 people and putting half the turkey in the freezer.

While that example may not seem like providence, when I found myself staring at a recipe for turkey broth, I couldn't help but be thankful for my forethought. I mean, how often do you have half a turkey (with bones) in your freezer? And the thought of roasting another whole turkey, while delicious, seemed a little much to make soup.

However, after tasting this turkey soup I am forever saving each and every bone from every turkey I make and will probably be making turkey more often than a sane person should. This was unbelievably phenomenal.

I had begun to make it on a Saturday morning, but a mid-afternoon decision to hit up the movie theater had be quickly straining and refrigerating. I came home to turkey jelly. A couple scoops and some reheating later, Thatboy and I were eating the best broth either of us had ever tasted. So much more flavorful than chicken broth! Thatboy doctored his up by adding the veggies and some of the turkey meat from the soup itself, but I took mine in the fantastic unadulterated form.

Turkey Soup (From The Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, cut up
  • 6 crushed peppercorns
  • salt
  1. Break the turkey carcass into pieces and put them in a soup pot with any small pieces of turkey meat that you can spare.
  2. Add 8 cups of water, onion, carrots, celery, and peppercorns.
  3. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover partially, and simmer for 3-4 hours.
  4. Strain the broth and cool it quickly, uncovered.
  5. Chill it and remove the fat when it solidifies, or scoop any fat off surface with a spoon.
  6. Add salt to taste before serving.


  1. This is such an easy way to use up every last bit of bird and perfect for the winter too!

  2. Wow, you have a lot of dedication and patience!!!! Well done!!!

  3. The soup looks good but I want to know what that cute pattern behind the soup is from...what is it?

  4. You know, this is always something I have wanted to try, but have just been to plain lazy. It sounds incredible, though. I have some awards to share, so please stop by when you can!

  5. Wow you all have been eating so well. I love coming here to see what FF recipe you are cooking up. Have a happy Valentine's Day!

  6. As far as I am concerned, turkey stock is the only reason to eat a turkey (yes I am one of those heathens who dislikes turkey). But the stock is great.

  7. i just retched at "turkey jelly." but the end result does sound really delicious.

  8. I'll bet it tasted great. I love when I actually get to use something I've saved for later.