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How To Make Shortcut Turkey Stock

This is the easy way to make every dish on your Thanksgiving table taste a million times better.

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Chop carrots, celery, and onion, and remove the neck from the cavity inside the turkey.

Most turkeys come with a little bag of "giblets" inside their cavities. The neck will be in there.

Strain through a mesh strainer into another large pot or a heatproof container. Discard vegetables and turkey neck.

Use your Shortcut Turkey Stock in stuffing, gravy, or any recipe that calls for homemade or store-bought broth.

SHORTCUT TURKEY STOCK

Makes about 6 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 turkey neck, reserved from whole raw turkey

1 ½ cups chopped onion, from about 2 onions

¾ cup chopped carrot, from about 2 carrots

¾ cup chopped celery, from about 2 celery stalks

½ cup dry white wine*

12 cups (96 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth

3 teaspoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon Canola oil

*The wine doesn't have to be fancy, but it shouldn't be super gross, either: Don't use a wine you wouldn't want to drink.

Special equipment

Fine mesh strainer

PREPARATION

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add turkey neck and season with 1 teaspoon salt. Cook neck on both sides until golden brown but not burned (about 3 minutes each side). Turn heat down to medium-low and add onion, carrot, celery, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft, about 8 minutes. Add white wine and stir constantly for about 30 seconds. Add chicken broth and 1 teaspoon salt, then turn heat up to medium-high and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 2 hours, or until liquid has reduced by roughly half.

Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a large heatproof container. Discard turkey neck and vegetables, and let stock cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until needed.