I save the scraps from veggies in a ziplock baggie in the freezer and use those instead of using fresh, whole veggies,but I'm frugal that way.It is a matter of choice. Keep your peelings. All of them. Unless it is dirty, rotten, or otherwise inedible save it. Carrot peelings work much better than purchasing new carrots. Onion tops, greens and ends are great (wash them). The butt end of cabbage, the tops and bits of celery, the ends of zucchini, an old squash that is getting kinda shriveled and so on. To me the whole point of making stock is to use what otherwise would be thrown out.
Today I used a 22 lb. turkey, brined, grilled, skin removed and deboned.I leave a bit of meat stuck to the bones, but again it's a choice.
Place turkey pieces, giblets, neck,and carcass in your largest stock pot. I usually add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to mine while its initially cooking as well because it pulls the calcium out of the bones. Fill with water to cover bones. Add vegetables and seasonings if you are going to use them.
I used 4 T. Mrs. Dash and lots of fresh parsley from the garden. Simmer 6 to 8 hours on low, or use a crock pot. If you let bone stocks boil it will be cloudy, but doesn't effect the flavor at all.I usually get at least 8 quarts out of this.
Remove turkey pieces and vegetables. Discard. Strain broth to remove any small bones and pieces left in the broth. I use a colander . You can use cheesecloth if you want a very clear broth. I like some little bits so the colander works good for me.
Allow the broth to cool and skim the fat from the top if desired.(You don’t have to strain the fat. It is good-for-you fat w/ lots of extra protein and other vitamins and minerals.)
You will need:
Canning jars and lids
Pour hot broth into sterile hot jars. Wipe the rims clean, remove any air bubbles and place on your lid and rings. Leave 1 inch head space.
|Mine looks darker than normal because I condense it down to half on simmer due to lack of storage space in pantry|
Pints ... process for 25 minutes,
Quarts... process for 30 minutes
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|Please note mine s a pressure cooker not canner.I advise everyone to use a pressure canner for safety sake .|
Place the jars into a canning rack in your . The jars should not be touching either the bottom of the pressure cooker or each other.