What Everyone Should Do After Thanksgiving Dinner

After Thanksgiving dinner is complete, the turkey meat has been stored as leftovers, and the sweet potatoes are all gone! So what can you do with the leftover turkey carcass? Make turkey broth. Don't worry, it's super easy and nutritious!

Dr. Mercola writes, "First and foremost, homemade bone broth is excellent for speeding healing and recuperation from illness. You've undoubtedly heard the old adage that chicken soup will help cure a cold, and there's scientific support for such a statement.

For starters, chicken contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which can thin the mucus in your lungs and make it less sticky so you can expel it more easily. Processed, canned soups will not work as well as the homemade version made from slow-cooked bone broth."

Sally Fallon, the president of a nonprofit, tax-exempt nutrition education foundation, explains further, "Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons--stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain."

What are you to do?

Make your own turkey broth. It's nutritious, delicious, affordable, and easy to make.


  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 2 medium stalks celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 medium bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme


(I add any other vegetables I want to use for extra nutrition and flavor)


1. Break up carcass so it fits in a stockpot , then add remaining ingredients. Add enough cold water to cover the bones by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, skimming occasionally, until turkey flavor comes through in the stock, about 2 to 3 hours.

2. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into large heatproof containers.

3. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate or freeze. (use within 3 months of freezing)

*After the turkey has been carved and before every one has eaten, I will simmer the carcass while everyone eats dinner. Once everyone has left, the turkey broth will be ready to be strained. The 2-3 hours cooking time doesn't affect my bedtime since the simmering took place during dinner.

*Once cool, I will add 1 cup at a time to a Ziploc bag and freeze. When I make a meal which needs 2 cups of chicken broth, I will remove 2 frozen Ziploc bags of my turkey broth, allow to thaw. Once thawed, you can use substitute in place of chicken broth.


Steven Zahn

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