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Homemade Stock

homemade stock from super healthy kids
Have you been wondering the difference between stock and broth?  Nothing really, except the term Stock used to refer to what you made at home when you boiled bones, meats, vegetables, and herbs and strained it for later use.  While Broth has been designated to mean the commercial product of leftover liquids.  Now however, many commercial products are also called stock. (Source).

Now, why would you want to go through the trouble of making your own stock, when you could buy it fairly inexpensively?  1) It’s wasteful not to make it, and 2) Commercially made stock has way too much sodium!

How to make your own Stock

I bought a Turkey on Saturday because of the great price!  After we carved it up, I:

  • I put as much of the carcass as I could fit in my pot.
  • I added:
    • 1 onion
    • 1 carrot
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 celery rib
    • thyme, bay leaves
  • Brought to a slow boil and skimmed foam off of top.
  • Simmered for 2-3 hours
  • Strained the liquid from the contents of the pot.
  • Stock can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week, or frozen to use up to 3 months.
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Then we turned right around and used the entire bowl of stock for Turkey Soup!

Turkey Soup Recipe

  • 2-3 Quarts broth
  • 3 cups cooked turkey
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 TBL chicken bouillon
  • salt
  • pepper

Combine all ingredients together in pot and boil until rice and vegetables are tender, about 30-40 minutes.



What vegetables do you like to add to your Turkey Soup?


I made my own stock with our turkey carcass for the first time the other day. The soup came out great! I just added carrots, peas, and celery for veggies.


Christy- It was so easy, wasn’t it?!
Glittertoes: I love glitter toes 🙂
Cathy- They are super cheap right now!
Mom- Cabbage sounds good!
Yum! Glad you like Mushrooms, cause I’m pretty sure Eliece doesn’t like them 🙂


I love making Ham stock after my spiral ham is done being picked at. I make a super yummy ham and white bean soup that is so great with a slice of bread on a cold day. Stock is so easy to make and I think it is way more tasty! The only thing I do different from your recipe is I keep adding water so that as it simmers and reduces down the flavor becomes more concentrated.


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