03 December, 2011

Turkey Bones

What to do with your leftover turkey bones, or could also be titled "The hundredth-millioneth-quathousandth (if that's not a word it should be) blog post on how to get all the yummy leftover goodness outta them bones."

In all seriousness, I think we all have the same idea on what to do and how to do it..but for those that don't know...this is the way I do it.

The first thing you do is take off all the meat that is easily gotten to on your bird and put it in a crock pot. If you don't have a big one then you might have to cut up some of the longer bones to get him to fit.

Cover with water till about 2 inches or so from the top; add in a little garlic and onion powder (I don't use the real thing because you're just going to be throwing them away anyway) and put then lid on, turn that baby on low and walk away for about 15 hours or so.

This is first starting out, notice that I did have my wonderful awesome husband cut the breast bone to make for an easier fit and to get it to sink down into the water

This is 8 hours into the process

And then this is 14 or so hours into the process

Strain off the meat that you don't want to use any veggies if you used them as well as the bones. Place in a pot and let it cool for about 24 hours or so in the refrigerator. This helps when straining off the fat if you choose to do so.

Then reheat slowly and use as you would like. It will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator or you can can it in the pressure canner.

Check out more like this and other DIY stuff at http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/01/frugal-days-sustainable-ways-10/

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