Homemade Turkey Stock

5 cups

Use the neck and giblets of the turkey for a richly flavorful stock.


  • Turkey neck and giblets, (heart, gizzard, and liver), reserved from turkey

  • 1 medium onion, cut into large chunks

  • 2 stalks celery, cut into large chunks

  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and cut into chunks

  • 6 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 whole bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns


  1. Rinse neck and giblets well. Combine all ingredients and 7 cups water in a medium stockpot. Place over high heat; bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to low, and simmer stock 1 1/2 hours, skimming off foam that floats to the top as needed.

  3. Pass the stock through a cheesecloth-lined sieve; discard the solids. Let stock cool, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Cook's Notes

Make this stock the day before you cook the turkey; remove the neck and giblets, and return the bird to the refrigerator. If the liver has a small green sac (the gallbladder) attached, remove it completely.

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