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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:00 PM

Question about turkey stock.....

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I usually buy turkey wings and roast them with celery and onions, then cover them with water and simmer them for several hours to make turkey stock before Thanksgiving day. This way, I have plenty of stock to make dressing and lots of gravy.

This morning, I went to the grocery store and a package of turkey wings was over $11 ($2.99 a pound)! A turkey breast was $1.79 a pound. Because I just discard the wings after making the stock, I thought I'd get the breast so that we could use the meat for a meal (we are going to my daughter's house for Thanksgivng, but she has asked me to make our unique family dressing which requires turkey stock) and use the leftover scraps to make the stock.

Do you think I will be able to get enough flavor from the breast bones and scraps to make a decent stock?

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Laurian Nov 2012 OP
Turbineguy Nov 2012 #1
Laurian Nov 2012 #2
noamnety Nov 2012 #3
Laurian Nov 2012 #4
Retrograde Nov 2012 #12
HappyMe Nov 2012 #5
Blues Heron Nov 2012 #6
Laurian Nov 2012 #7
Blues Heron Nov 2012 #8
grasswire Nov 2012 #9
Laurian Nov 2012 #10
grasswire Nov 2012 #11
Le Taz Hot Nov 2012 #13
Arkansas Granny Nov 2012 #14

Response to Laurian (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:04 PM

1. I have the same problem, but

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:11 PM

2. Thanks! I did look for a turkey flavor Better Than Bouillon, but couldn't find one.

I don't really want to use chicken stock, because the distinct turkey flavor is the best for both the gravy and the dressing. I guess I could check some other stores. I'm also on the hunt for black walnuts, another ingredient for the dressing that I have to search high and low for every year.

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Response to Laurian (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:42 PM

3. costco has black walnuts

or at least did last time I was there. Sometimes they have temporary specials, just until their store trackers find out I like a product, then they discontinue it.

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Response to noamnety (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:48 PM

4. Thanks, I'll check Costco!

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Response to noamnety (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:34 PM

12. I thought they only did that to me! (n/t)

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Response to Laurian (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:52 PM

5. I use vegetable or chicken stock

and some water when cooking up the bones & neck. I roast up some carrots, onion, celery to toss in.

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Response to Laurian (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:04 PM

6. I would splurge on the wings

Since it's a once a year thing, and that's the way you usually do it. What all is in the dressing? Big dressing fan here!

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:32 PM

7. Yep, I'm about to come to the same conclusion. The dressing is

from my husband's family. His grandfathers were both immigrants from France, one grandmother was from Belgium and one grandmother was from Ireland. I don't know where the recipe originated but we have always presumed it was from the French ancestors. I don't have a written recipe. We just mix the dried bread with turkey stock, a generous amount of melted butter, black walnuts and lots of green olives cut off the pits (a little labor intensive, but seems to matter). I thought it was strange stuff the first time I had it, but have since come to love it. My daughter, son-in-law and daughter-in-law are crazy about it, but my son has never liked olives so I usually make some sage dressing for him. Hence the need for lots of turkey stock!

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Response to Laurian (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:47 PM

8. Thanks, that sounds really tasty

I will have to try making a batch sometime! Olives are a big fave around here. Hope you have a great holiday!

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Response to Laurian (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:03 PM

9. I vote to splurge on the wings, too.

And good luck with the black walnuts. I haven't seen any in stores for many years; even in baking supply stores and gourmet shops! They are available on the Internet, but too late for that now.

Our old C&B friend Denninmi harvests his own every other year -- it's such a laborious task that I spose fewer growers are maintaining the trees.

I've been wanting some too -- have a really interesting cake recipe to try.

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Response to grasswire (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:40 PM

10. I did go ahead and get the wings, I think I was just shocked by the

price of them compared to the price of whole turkeys and turkey breasts. I also found some black walnuts at Krogers. I don't usually shop there, but stopped in to check for turkey wings when I was finishing errands today and was pleased to solve both of my problems at one place.

A cake with black walnuts sounds delicious. Black walnuts have a distinctive flavor that I just love. They remind me of my childhood when my mother would add them to homemade fudge at Christmas time. It's amazing how food can be attached to so many memories.

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Response to Laurian (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:02 PM

11. my Kroger doesn't have black walnuts

Damn.

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Response to Laurian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:49 AM

13. I use chicken stock

for the dressing and make the turkey stock after Thanksgiving with the turkey carcass. I know people buy meat/chicken parts to make stock but I do it the poor people's way -- using the carcass.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:35 AM

14. We use the turkey carcass to make a huge vat of turkey vegetable soup and divvy it up

to put in the freezer for later use. We make the stock extra concentrated so you have to add water when you serve it. You can add rice, noodles or even more veggies once it's thawed and reheated and it's just wonderful to have around.

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