Black Friday

Stock

How do you spend the day after Thanksgiving?

I spent the day making stock from what remained of the turkey. If you’ve never tried it, it is easier than you think. Just add your turkey frame to a stock pot, and fill with enough water to cover it plus an inch. In my case, the turkey wouldn’t sit properly in the pot, so I just added enough water to give me some boiling room. Add whatever herbs and aromatics you have on hand. This time, I simply used a handful of rosemary, but I have used garlic, onions, lemon grass, and basil in the past. Bring the whole thing to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let it simmer away for 4 hours. Taste the stock toward the end of the 4 hours. If it tastes bland or flat, add salt. I ended up using about 1/4-1/3 cup of salt, so don’t be afraid to toss in a small handful.

What to do with your stock? Use it in place of water when cooking grains like rice or millet. Use it as the base for soups. Use it in place of water anywhere you are making something that could be improved by savory flavor.

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~ by Liz on November 28, 2007.

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