If you’re so richly blessed to have food on your table this Thanksgiving, there’s a chance you might also have a few leftovers. Yes?
In recent years, we’ve really scaled down and simplified the menu for our Thanksgiving meal. It was just too much food! I don’t think our collective pancreas could survive too many more meals with both mashed potatoes AND sweet potatoes… not to mention the stuffing! I just burst a button thinking about it! One thing we haven’t cut back on at all is turkey. There’s always plenty of turkey!
(On a side note: Thanksgiving is a great time to “Go Paleo”!! All the fixins are already there!)
I like to take advantage of all the left-over turkey and turkey parts to make a super healthy concoction of Turkey Stock or “bone broth”.
Properly prepared meat stocks are not just delicious, but they’re also incredibly health enhancing. Many refer to bone broth as another group of “super foods”.
They contain minerals of the bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes, all in a form that is easy to assimilate. In fact, traditionally prepared bone broths are an excellent source of assimilable calcium, as well as magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, and other trace minerals commonly lacking in the Standard American Diet.
In order to help draw out the minerals (particularly calcium, magnesium and potassium) into the broth during the cooking, an acidic vinegar or wine can be added.
You can also try sipping on the wine as you’re making the stock with the vinegar, if you choose. You’re welcome.
A gelatin-rich broth is protective in nature, helping us defend against various infectious diseases and a variety of other health problems, particularly those of the digestive system… including the nefarious “leaky gut”.
As you’ve heard me say before, “fix the gut = fix your health”. The “gut” is directly tied to brain function, as well as immune function. Bone broth has been shown to have significant beneficial effects on helping restore optimal gut function. Bone broth is at the top of the to-do list if you have leaky gut or food sensitivity issues.
The collagen found in traditionally-prepared bone broth is a “super food” in itself, when it comes to cellular integrity. Guess what it helps with? It helps reduce the appearance of cellulite!!
(Stocks pots across the nation were all just simultaneously removed from their pantries & cabinets!)
So, yes. When you consume bone broth as a regular part of your healthy diet, you can naturally and legitimately reduce cellulite! Remember, cellulite is fat that is lacking support from collagen. Therefore, people who consume more collagen in their overall diets are less likely to have cellulite in their fat. Collagen provides critical support to the structure of our cells.
Stock can be consumed on its own (it’s great to sip on while you’re cozying up!), or in sauces and other dishes for a healthy base.
I sent my dad home with some containers of the broth I made last year. His oncologist wants him on a “bone strengthener” to counteract the effects of another drug they inject into him each month… which weakens his bones. The oncologist recommended an garbage-quality calcium supplement. I told him to take this everyday for some real bone protection! (My Dad, not the oncologist!)
“Let food by thy medicine…”
Here’s the recipe and directions I follow…
Turkey Stock (Recipe borrowed from – and loosely translated – Nourishing Traditions)
1 whole free-range turkey or 2-3 pounds of bony turkey parts, such as necks, backs, breastbones, and wings
gizzards from one turkey (optional)
4 quarts cold filtered water
2 tablespoons vinegar (I used Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar)
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
1 bunch parsley
several sprigs of fresh thyme, tied together
Cut the turkey parts into several pieces. Place the turkey pieces in a large stainless steel pot with water, vinegar, thyme, and all vegetables except parsley.
Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bring to a boil, and remove the scum that rises to the top.
Side Note: Do you remember the last time I shared this recipe a few years ago? I found it counter-intuitive then, and I still find it counter-intuitive years later, that “scum would rise to the top”! How is that possible? Life just isn’t like that, I choose to believe. Nice folks rise to the top… not scum! At least that’s the message I’m trying to teach my children, for heaven’s sake!)
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 6-24 hours. The longer you cook the stock, the richer and more flavorful it will be.
About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add parsley. This will impart additional mineral ions to the broth… and potentially give you Super Human powers beyond compare!
Remove pieces with a slotted spoon. The skin and smaller bones can be given to your soon-to-be-very-appreciative four-legged friends.
Strain the stock into a large bowl and reserve in your refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and congeals. Skim off this fat and reserve the stock in covered containers in your fridge or freezer.
Clear stock will last about 5 days in the refrigerator (longer if re-boiled), and several months in the freezer.
Now, don’t go and ruin all the nutritional fortitude of this great recipe by re-heating your stock in a microwave! I don’t think radiated stock has quite the same benefits!
So, whatcha’ doin’ with YOUR left-overs?
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