Homemade Turkey Stock

Taking the time to make homemade turkey stock not only yields a deliciously, healthy liquid gold but fills your home and heart with beautiful aromas and a celebration of good food.

Homemade Turkey Stock | Simply Fresh Dinners

It’s been ages since I made homemade stock and now I’m wondering why!  When I saw my friend, Teri from No Crumbs Left making stock on her Instagram stories, I knew I had to get cooking!  I wanted stock for soup and gravy and dressing and so much more!  I also have a healthy turkey pot pie recipe brewing in my head that you can easily make in a skillet.

Homemade Turkey Stock | Simply Fresh Dinners

I followed Teri’s recipe with the addition of some garlic because, well, you know my garlic addiction.  It’s inescapable!

Homemade Turkey Stock | Simply Fresh Dinners

Of course, you can also make your homemade turkey stock using the turkey carcass from Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner but if you want to get a jump on things, this is the perfect solution.

I doubled the recipe so that I would have 12 cups of this golden goodness and it’s so worth the time and effort.  This is one of those recipes that has me dancing in the kitchen because you know what you’re creating is special and the fragrance throughout the house is divine.

Homemade Turkey Stock | Simply Fresh Dinners

There’s lots of carrots and celery in there but they fell to the bottom and I forgot to reshoot it. I was making Instagram stories at the same time and have decided I need 4 more hands, ha!

Pop over to Teri’s blog so you can see her video on making this delicious stock.  You’ll become an instant fan like I did!

Thank you, Teri, for your generousity of spirit and friendship!

Homemade Turkey Stock | Simply Fresh Dinners

Do you make your own stock for turkey or chicken soup?  Do you believe in the healing powers of soup?  I think there’s nothing better than soup when you’re feeling under the weather.  And then there’s days like today when the weather has you buried in snow!  I have to admit, it’s kinda cozy and all that white sure does look beautiful especially knowing I have a fridge full of homemade turkey soup.  Cheers!

Homemade Turkey Stock

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Serves: yields 6 cups Cooking Time: 4 hours


  • 3 1/2 lbs turkey wings
  • 1 turkey neck
  • 1 large onions, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 whole sprigs of parsley
  • 4 whole sprigs of thyme
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 cups of water, separated into 10 cups and 2 cups



Preheat oven to 450 F. Place the turkey wings and turkey neck in a rimmed roasting pan. Place the pan in the oven and roast the turkeys until golden brown all over, about 45 – 60 minutes. All ovens are different, so the cooking time may vary. You just want to be sure that all sides of the turkey pieces are golden brown. While they’re cooking, check every 25 or 30 minutes and flip, roasting till everything is nice and brown.


Meanwhile, in a large stock pot, bring 10 cups of water to a boil. Then, once the turkey is done, remove from the oven, rip the wings apart, and place all turkey pieces and the chopped vegetables into the stock pot. Clean the grease out of the pan. Then pour the remaining two cups of water into the pan, scraping up any brown bits with a wooden spoon. Pour this liquid from the pans into the stock pot. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently for about 4 hours, or until the stock reduces by at least 1/3. Tip – be mindful that you are simmering slowly, as opposed to boiling. If you find it’s reducing too quickly, then turn down the heat and reduce slower.


Begin to empty everything out of the pot. Large pieces with good meat, stick in one bowl for later and everything else that isn’t stock, you’ll put in a strainer inside of a bowl that will be tossed. You should have 6 cups. If you have more than 6 cups, simmer on medium heat until reduced to 6 cups. Pour stock into airtight containers and chill.


Teri recommends doubling the recipe and so do I. You'll want as much as you can of this delicious stock. I followed the recipe as written with one addition - 2 cloves of garlic.

Taking the time to make homemade turkey stock will not only enhance your soups but fill your house with the most delicious aromas. From Simply Fresh Dinners!


  • Reply
    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    December 12, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    You have a way of making every recipe look so fresh and inviting, Robyn, now I’ve got turkey soup on the brain and I won’t rest until I get some stock going on the stove!
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      December 12, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Awwhh, thanks so much, Sue, your comment made my day. I’ve got a turkey soup coming up next and it is so delicious. I’ve been feasting on it for 3 days now, lol.

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    Anita Rivera
    December 12, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    This is the perfect time for this. Comfort, rest after a good soup, I love it all. AND, with great ingredients as such, the perfect stock for that last minute soup. I can’t wait as well to make my “cream” of mushroom soup for Christmas; I add roasted chestnuts to it!

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      December 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Anita! Will you promise to share that with me when we chat on Thursday? I would love your permission to make it for the blog for Christmas if I have time. I’m so ready for a good rest. I’m taking some serious time off!
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    December 12, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Robyn, I enjoy following Teri as well, she is such a go getter. This definitely looks like the perfect stock, love all the care that you put into it. Soup is always a welcome meal at my house. Take care!!
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      December 13, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Hi Cheri,
      Teri sure does inspire others with her passion for healthy food. I am loving this stock and will be making it much more often.
      Happy Holidays!
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    Anita Rivera
    December 12, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Robyn! Absolutely, I will share with you how to make it! It’s SO GOOD! Talk Thursday! XOXO

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    December 13, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    There is nothing finer than homemade stock! So wonderful to have around, especially this time of year. Yours looks perfect 🙂
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