Every Thanksgiving I cook a Turkey! Then I take all the bones and skin and make a simple, hearty, and delicious soup. Here's how!
Step 1: Filling the Pot
Take off as much meat from the turkey for later sandwiches and hot plates of the first meal. Place the bones and skin and whatever is left into a big pot. Cover bones with water.
Step 2: Cooking
Turn up the heat and boil for about five minutes. Then cover and reduce to simmer (low heat on an electric stove).
Step 3: Carrots
My turkey has been seasoned with, Garlic powder-( lots of this), some salt, fresh pepper, and a sprinkling of Thyme (ground or powdered). So the soup will taste great without much of any spices added. Get a bunch of carrots (I add about ten big ones). Wash, slice or cut to your choice. Add to pot.
Step 4: Celery
Celery is next. Do the same as the carrots. About five stalks will do it. Add to pot.
Step 5: Onions
Next, get some onions (3 lg.or 4 med.), skin , add whole or slice, your choice. Add to pot.
Step 6: Sneak a Taste!
Let the whole thing simmer for a few hours. Check vegees for tenderness. Try not to sneak out a few small ladels cause you won't be able to stop eating it. I know I end up with half the pot gone by dinner time. So I just add some more water. Adjust the spices a little and no one is the wiser.
Step 7: Why I Cook!
This turkey soup should be placed in a cold place, garage or outdoors. This will solidify the fat which will come to the surface (see a thin layer) Then just scoop it off the surface with the side of a spoon and put the soup remainder in jars. Of course I could not wait to solidify the fat. We ate it that night. I refigerated the balance. Yum! This instructable is submitted by a man! Who said real man don't cook? I cook, clean up (do dishes too), hunt, repair, maintain everything here, cut & split wood for the woodstove, ride my motorcycles, our Morgan horse, etc. But I cook mostly because my French Grandmother let me help cook when I was five . I stood on a chair and mostly stirred. I did learn how to put it all together and I've done so ever since. Enjoy, be well, and Peace Be With You! Triumphman.