Did you know that 70% of the immune system is actually found in the gut? That is why digestive and immune health go hand in hand. Turkey bone broth is truly a magical elixir. I can’t tell you how many times I have used broth in help heal and protect my family’s digestive and immune health. It’s great at preventing illness, but also at helping your body heal during an illness. That is why grandma always made homemade chicken soup when you were sick! However broth is not just for acute illness like colds and flu, but can also be very beneficial for chronic conditions such as leak gut or food sensitivities. The gelatin in bone broth helps heal and protect the mucosal lining of the digestive track and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients.
So don’t throw out those bones on Thanksgiving!
One of the easiest ways to assist your children in maintaining immune and digestive health is to make turkey broth from your leftover turkey bones. I am sure there will be some over indulgence happening on our beloved turkey day and you want to get your kiddos digestive system back on track asap. It is simple to do and you can use it to make all the leftovers taste great! You can whip up some turkey and kale soup or make a gluten-free turkey pot pie.
First, we have to discuss what type of bones to use. Ideally you would be using bones from a turkey that is at least free range (organic and free range is even better) that has not been giving antibiotics or growth hormones. I cannot stress how important this truly is. How can we expect to gain health benefits from an unhealthy animal?
This recipe is simple and is so much better tasting and more nutritious then the boxed stock in the grocery store.
I recommend getting a stock bag and throwing everything into the crockpot making clean up a little easier.
Homemade Turkey Broth
12 lb. Turkey carcass- meat and skin removed
1 onion peeled and quartered
2 celery ribs cut in thirds
2 carrots cut in thirds (washed but not necessary to peel)
4 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (don’t skip this step very important for taking the vitamins and minerals from the bones)
A handful of fresh herbs (rinsed not chopped)
sea salt and pepper to taste
Place everything but water, salt, and pepper in the stock bag and place in crockpot. Fill the crockpot with the water to the top. Cook on low for 24 hours. Let cool and discard stock bag. Strain if necessary. Ladle stock into glass mason jars leaving at least an inch headspace to allow for freezing. Freeze stock and use for any recipe calling for stock. You can even heat up and sip on the warm stock.