Canning turkey stock

This is a recipe for fat-free turkey stock. All the flavour without the calories, grease and the salt overload.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Turkey
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield 1 Varies
Calories 20 kcal



  1. Take turkey carcass, clean all meat off it. (Tip: you can freeze meat in a baggie for adding to soup later.)
  2. (Optional: Some people like to roast the carcass for an hour or so at this point, for a darker, richer-tasting stock. )
  3. EITHER : Put carcass in pot with enough water to cover bones. Bring to a boil, simmer for 45 minutes. OR Put in pressure cooker. Add enough water to cover bones. Cook for 30 minutes on high pressure (13 to 15 lbs for most North Americans. See Notes.) A couple bay leaves tossed into either process make an inspired addition. Optionally, you can season with salt or a non-bitter, non-clouding salt sub (such as Herbamare), but, the plainer you leave the stock, the more flexible it will be when you go to use it.
  4. Strain into a large bowl or tub; have a second go at picking more of the loosened meat off it, add that to your bag of frozen meat, and put the stock in fridge over night.
  5. In the morning, scrape all the fat off the top; discard the fat and any added bay leaves.
  6. Reheat the stock to boiling in a pot or a microwave (mind the surge when removing from microwave.)
  7. Pour hot into half-litre (1 US pint) jars or 1 litre (US quart) jars.
  8. Leave 3 cm (1 inch) headspace.
  9. Wipe jar rims.
  10. Put lids on, put in pressure canner.
  11. Processing pressure: 10 lbs (69 kPa) weighted gauge, 11 lbs (76 kpa) dial gauge (adjust pressure for your altitude when over 300 metres / 1000 feet.)
  12. Processing time: half-litre (1 US pint) jars for 20 minutes. OR 1 litre (1 US quart) jars for 25 minutes.