Turkey Broth
(for Gravy and Stuffing)
Thanksgiving Holiday Recipe

Savory homemade turkey broth is the starting point for the very best stuffing and gravy. Any leftover broth can be frozen and used later anywhere you’d use chicken broth.


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5springsfresh thyme

1 package giblets from inside the turkey
1 large yellow onion, unpeeled, washed, cut in half
2 carrots unpeeled, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 stalk celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
2 cloves garlic, peeled
8 black peppercorns
2 whole cloves
1 bay leaf

Make the broth up to 48 hours before roasting the turkey.

  1. Open the package of giblets from inside the turkey. Discard the liver (or save for another use) and rinse remaining contents of package in cool water.
  2. Place giblets in a 4-quart saucepan and cover with 2 quarts cold water.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to a simmer, and skim off any impurities that rise to the surface.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes, skimming as needed.
  5. Add onion, carrots, celery, thyme sprigs, parsley sprigs, garlic, peppercorns, whole cloves and bay leaf.
  6. If necessary, add more water just to cover giblets.
  7. Simmer for 1 hour, uncovered, skimming any scum that rises to the surface.
  8. Strain broth through a fine-mesh sieve.
  9. Reserve 2 1/4 cups for preparing the stuffing (cool thoroughly before using). Set aside the remaining broth for preparing the gravy.
  10. If broth is finished more than 4 hours before using, cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate.

Preparation Time: 
Approximately 90 minutes.