The base for a flavorful soup, sauce or gravy is in the stock. Around the holidays when gluten-free gravy is a staple, it’s nice to have some really good turkey stock or broth standing by. Chicken and beef stock are pretty easy to find ready-made but turkey stock is not as common.
Use this turkey stock as the base for any of my gluten-free soup recipes.
In my opinion, gravy and gluten-free stuffing are the two must important things on the Thanksgiving table. A flavorful rich stock makes these two dishes even better. So before the rush and chaos starts, I make my turkey stock in early November, put it in a few containers and store it in the freezer.
This stock can be a substitute for chicken broth in so many recipes. It will add rich flavor and texture to any of my gluten-free soup recipes including my all-time favorite gluten-free creamy mushroom soup.
What is the difference between stock and broth?
Broth is made with the meat and stock is made with bones as well. What’s the point of the bones? They provide great flavor and collagen which makes for a rich texture. I find the easiest and least expensive way to make turkey broth/stock is to buy some turkey necks and wings. They are inexpensive and have several bones. The method for making a stock and a broth is pretty much the same, so however you prefer to do it, it will work.
Steps to Perfect Stock
There are step-by-step instructions in the recipe below but here’s a little bit of the hows and whys of stock making.
- Start with cold water and just the bones/meat first.
- Bring the water to a simmer and skim off the white foam and brown bits that rise to the top. This will create a nice clear, clean liquid.
- Add the herbs and vegetables once the foam stops forming.
- Keeping the liquid at no higher than a simmer for the entire time will also keep it clear.
- The longer you allow the stock to simmer, the more rich and flavorful it will be. Chicken and poultry stock are wonderful if you start them first thing in the morning and let them simmer all day.
- Finally, strain the liquid and cool it quickly.
- 2 turkey wings and 4 turkey necks or any combination of turkey parts that is close to that amount
- 1 large onion
- 2 carrots
- 3 stalks celery
- handful of fresh parsley
- 3 fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried sage leaves or 1/2 tsp ground sage
- 1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 peppercorns
- Place the turkey parts in a large pot and add enough cold water to cover the turkey. Place over a high flame. As soon as the water begins to bubble turn the flame down to medium-low. It is important that the liquid does not boil. You are looking for the water gently simmer or to barely bubble.
- Roughly chop the carrot and celery and cut the onion into quarters. This stock will cook long enough that it is not necessary to chop the vegetables into small pieces.
- As the water bubbles, a white foam will begin to form at the surface. Use a large spoon to skim off this foam and any brown bits. Keep doing this with the pot at a very light simmer until the foam no longer forms, about 20 minutes.
- Drop in the onion, carrot, celery and herbs. Cook for 2-6 hours over a low flame with the pot barely bubbling. No need to stir, just check it every so often to be sure it doesn’t boil. It is better to have the flame too low than too high. If the liquid level gets too low, it’s ok to add more water.
- Remove the turkey parts. Strain the stock through a fine mesh strainer. If you are not using it right away, get it cooled down quickly and then into the refrigerator or freezer. To cool down, put it into a metal bowl and place in the sink with ice water.