Recipe for Practical Application

Overnight Slow Cooker Turkey Stock

November 23, 2016

Enjoy time with your guests on Thanksgiving and let this Overnight Slow Cooker Turkey Stock do the work for you while you’re sleeping.  

Enjoy time with your guests on Thanksgiving and let this Overnight Slow Cooker Turkey Stock do the work for you while you're sleeping. It's a holiday win!

I’m so excited to introduce you to your new favorite way to make stock!  If you’ve read my “How To Make Stock” series, then you know the difference between stock made with scraps like carrot peels, versus a pristine stock made with only fresh, whole ingredients. Assuming that you’re reading this well before you start making your Thanksgiving feast, then you can start saving your scraps now for a complete utilization stock.  If you’re reading this a bit late, or you desire a perfect stock, then make sure you have a few extra ingredients for making today’s stock.

Skills & Techniques

To extract every ounce of flavor from your slow cooker turkey stock, here are some skills & techniques I recommend brushing up on.

  • How to Roast Bones.  Even though your turkey was already roasted, the bones themselves haven’t been.  They need exposure to get the best flavor possible, and this will help you get it.
  • How to Make Stock Part 1.  This is the beginning of a 5-part series on how to make stock.  Throughout the series, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to get the best color, texture, and flavor from your stock.
  • What is Mirepoix?  Mirepoix is the vegetable foundation for making a good stock.  Understand it and it’s ratios will help develop the best flavor for your slow cooker turkey stock.

Enjoy time with your guests on Thanksgiving and let this Overnight Slow Cooker Turkey Stock do the work for you while you're sleeping. It's a holiday win!

Leftovers?

One of the nice things about using a slow cooker to make stock is that you lose hardly any liquid. So, by the end you’ll have about three-quarters of the liquid you put in at the beginning. The whole point of this slow cooker turkey stock is to use your leftovers to create something new.  The only real leftovers you need to have is the turkey carcass, especially if you just want broth.  Additional aromatics and mirepoix will really help boost the flavor if you have some on hand.

It’s important to take a minute to talk about proper cooling.  This slow cooker turkey stock can become a breeding ground for food-borne illness rather quickly, so I recommend straining out the stock into mason jars or something similar that can be closed (with a little vent to let out steam) and place them in an ice water bath.  This will allow the turkey stock to come to food safe temperatures in a safe way.  Once it is cooled, store your slow cooker turkey stock in an air tight container in the fridge for 5-7 days.  Or you can freeze it for up to three months.

Overnight Slow Cooker Turkey Stock

I have a small thing I want to clarify before you start making this overnight slow cooker turkey stock.  Once you read the recipe you’ll probably think “This isn’t really done overnight! I have to add stuff in the morning.”  This is just a recommendation.  I find that the longer the vegetables and aromatics simmer, the more bitter it makes the stock.  By adding them in in the morning, you reduce the likelihood that it will overpower your turkey flavor.  If you would like to make the entire thing overnight, add everything in in the first step and let it simmer into greatness! 🙂


Not making this from Thanksgiving leftovers? Get your free printable grocery list for this Overnight Slow Cooker Turkey Stock recipe HERE.


This grocery list has everything that you’ll need to make this Overnight Slow Cooker Turkey Stock recipe.  To help making grocery shopping simple, each ingredient is listed in easy-to-find grocery store amounts.  If there is no amount specified, that means that you can buy the smallest (or largest) container available and still have plenty left over.

Enjoy time with your guests on Thanksgiving and let this Overnight Slow Cooker Turkey Stock do the work for you while you're sleeping. It's a holiday win!
Enjoy time with your guests on Thanksgiving and let this Overnight Slow Cooker Turkey Stock do the work for you while you're sleeping. It's a holiday win!

Overnight Slow Cooker Turkey Stock

November 23, 2016

This overnight slow cooker turkey stock is a very hands-off way to get a delicious stock from you Thanksgiving scraps and leftovers!

  • Cook: 12 hrs

Ingredients

1 turkey carcass

6 carrots

6 celery stalks

2 large onions, peeled and cut in half

1 head of garlic

assorted fresh herbs

1 bay leaf

1 tbsp whole peppercorns

Directions

Turkey Stock

1Place the turkey carcass into a large slow cooker, fill the slow cooker with water and turn heat to high. Set it to run for at least 8 Hours or overnight.

Add Aromatics

1The next morning add in the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, fresh herbs, bay leaf and whole peppercorns. Keep the heat on high for an additional 4 Hours.

2Turn off the slow cooker and strain the turkey stock through a sieve. For better clarity, line the sieve with cheesecloth first. Store in an airtight container.

For better flavor, roast the bones after you've carved and serve the turkey.  This will help give you a deeper flavor.  For more information about roasting bones, go here.

If you would like to make everything overnight, you can add the aromatics in at the beginning.  I find that this makes a slightly more bitter stock, so if you have the extra 4 hours to spare, I recommend doing it the next day.

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Enjoy time with your guests on Thanksgiving and let this Overnight Slow Cooker Turkey Stock do the work for you while you're sleeping. It's a holiday win!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have you ever made stock in your slow cooker before?  Did you save scraps or use new ingredients?  Tell me about it in the comments or show me on social media – @foodabovegold.  If you used this recipe, make sure to tag it with #foodabovegold so everyone can see!

Happy cooking! 🙂

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20 Comments

  • Reply Mark, Compass & Fork November 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

    That’s the way to go to make stock. No point leaving all that goodness without making it. Nice job.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 25, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Thanks Mark. I love how easy it is to just set it and go. . .and not worrying about whether or not the burner will go off during the night!

  • Reply Platter Talk November 25, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Good idea on using up all those turkey bones!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Nothing goes to waste in this kitchen. 🙂

  • Reply Michelle Ferrand November 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Nothing beats a good stock! I love using a slow cooker for something like this!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Me too, Michelle. It’s so nice to just walk away and not worry about it. Especially after a heavy cooking day like Thanksgiving.

  • Reply Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com November 25, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I seriously just printed this out to try! I have a whole turkey carcass in my fridge staring me down. I know I SHOULD make stock, but it’s so much work! Love the idea of letting my slow cooker do it for me.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      I hope you love it Elizabeth. It’s such a great way to make stock, and you can mix it up with any additional ingredients/flavors you want (like if you have leftover fennel – that makes it super delicious!)

  • Reply Corina November 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I am ashamed to admit but all too often I end up throwing the bones away rather than making them into stock. I have such good intentions but unfortunately rarely put them into practice. I know I should and I do think making the most of your slow cooker and letting it cook overnight is a great way to do it. I’ll just have to remember that next time I have a roast dinner!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 30, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Once you start making stock this way, you’ll never want to stop. It’s so nice to just throw it into the slow cooker and walk away! I hope that you get it try it Corina! 🙂

  • Reply valentina November 25, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Such a great way to make stock! Brilliant! Happy Holiday’s to you. 🙂

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 30, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you Valentina! And Happy Holidays to you!

  • Reply Julie November 25, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Mackenzie! Thank you so much for such an informative and educational post. Your broth looks so clear. I never saved my turkey carcass before, but I did this time. I am totally going to try out this stock recipe. I bet it would be perfect for a turkey noodle soup or turkey pho!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 30, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      I’m so excited to hear you’ll be making stock this year! I love making stock in the slow cooker because it always has terrific clarity, and that comes from not being jostled around the pot during simmering the same way a burner does!

  • Reply Sabrina | The Tomato Tart November 25, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    This is amazing and very helpful idea to make stock with less work. Love the slow cooker.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you Sabrina. After a busy day making Thanksgiving, the last thing I want to do is stay over the stove all day making stock!

  • Reply Christine November 27, 2016 at 2:50 am

    I’m going to attempt turkey stock this year and this is exactly the kind of recipe I was looking for!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 30, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      That’s so great to hear Christine! I hope you love it!

  • Reply Carol Borchardt November 27, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Definitely the way to go for turkey stock! Love to get every last delicious use from a turkey.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 30, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Yes! It’s so useful even beyond the feast!

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