Easy Turkey Stock

Photo: Marcus Nilsson
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
5 cups

Homemade stock makes all the difference in everything from gravy to stuffing. Use the neck and heart that come inside the turkey, and augment them with turkey wings from your butcher, if desired.


  • Neck and heart from a 14-pound turkey, and/or 1 pound turkey wings

  • 10 cups cold water

  • 1 carrot, cut into 2 or 3 pieces

  • 1 onion, cut into 2 or 3 pieces

  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 2 or 3 pieces

  • Small handful of flat-leaf parsley sprigs and stems

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 5 whole black peppercorns


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, skimming froth off top occasionally, until reduced by half, about 1 hour. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard solids.

Cook's Notes

You can make this stock well in advance of the holiday by using just turkey wings; let it cool completely after straining, then freeze up to three months.

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