After a big holiday meal, one thing I get excited about is the leftovers. While things like turkey casserole, and turkey sandwiches are great; I love the leftovers after the leftovers. Like re-using the turkey bones and making a giant batch of Instant Pot turkey bone broth.
Using your Instant Pot to cook the broth is a total game changer and HUGE time saver! Making bone broth on the stove can take upwards of 24 hours (WOWZER). While pretty time consuming still, cooking in the Instant Pot knocks it down to a few hours.
Making this Instant Pot turkey bone broth is perfect for a day off, or Saturday and Sunday cooking. I don’t recommend starting this project late in the evening, or on a whim, as the broth needs ample amount of cooking time. So get out your Instant Pot and let’s get cooking.
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is taking the leftover turkey bones and cooking them with water, to create a very nutrient dense stock, known as bone broth. Adding things like apple cider vinegar is said to help extract the nutrients from the bones, and infuse the water. The turkey bones themselves, are loaded with collagen and have tons of nutrients in them, which are then extracted into your broth.
Why is Bone Broth Good For you?
According to this article, bones are rich in several vitamins and tons of nutrients, including: calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
What makes a bone broth different from standard “broth,” is that it is cooked for a very, very long period of time. Cooking at high pressure in your Instant Pot cuts down the almost 24 process significantly, from cooking it on the stove.
Cooking Bone Broth In An Instant Pot
The first time I made bone broth, I totally failed. I thought it was as easy as adding the bones, some water and herbs to a large pot; then letting them simmer all day. The flavor actually tasted very “off” and I threw my entire batch away. I learned you do NOT want to place the herbs and veggies until your last cooking cycle.
Once I mastered cooking the bone broth in the Instant Pot, it was a TOTAL game changer. I will never go back to cooking it on the stove EVER again.
The Instant Pot allowed the flavors to meld together perfectly, while extracting the flavor at a very high temperature.
I run two cycles at 120 minutes each with a quick release on both. The last and final cycle is 30 minutes long and that is where you add the herbs and veggies.
My recipe and technique is different from many of the ones you can find on the internet. I believe my method of adding some of the herbs and flavor later, makes a huge difference in the flavor profile.
Once the broth has finished cooking, you transfer the liquid to a large bowl, (I use these glass bowls) and use a good colander or strainer to catch the bones and herbs you added. Let the liquid cool down and then transfer to the fridge.
Skimming The Fat Off Bone Broth?
After you wake up the next morning you may notice that there is fat that floated to the top. The internet disagrees whether this is good or bad for you, and some like keeping it in their broth. Personally, I believe removing the fat is important for keeping the proper consistency and flavor of the broth. Take a large spoon and remove the fat while maintaining the liquid. Then pour liquid into large mason jars.
How Long Can Bone Broth Be Stored For?
You can safely store it in airtight storage containers for up to five days in your fridge. Then it should be transferred to your freezer, for up to three months. I always make sure I label the date it went into the freezer.
Storing in Jars
I love storing the bone broth in glass Ball jars. Leave at least 1/3 or more of space in between the top of the container and the broth.
Bone Broth Cubes
One of my favorite things to do is create bone broth ice cubes. I simply pour some of the liquid into ice cube trays, once frozen, transfer them to a freezer friendly storage bag. These are great way to enhance the flavor as your cooking later on.
What Can Bone Broth Be Added To?
Bone Broth can be added to any recipe that calls for stock, broth and in some cases even water. I love adding bone broth in place of water as I cook rice. Bone broth is perfect to use in your favorite soup recipe. Add it to casserole dishes or side dishes to enhance the flavor.
Since bone broth is so nutrient dense, pull it out when you are feeling under the weather and sip on it.
- Leftover Turkey Bones, meat removed
- 2 Carrots
- 2 Stalks of Celery
- 1 onion
- 2 Bay leafs
- Fresh thyme
- Fresh parsley
- fresh rosemary
- salt and pepper
- Place the turkey bones at the bottom of your pressure cooker, and tuck bay leafs underneath the bones.
- Cover the bones completly with filtered water.
- Place lid on top and close pressure valve. Set to manual high pressure for 120.
- Perform a natural release for 15 minutes, then open the valve and allow the rest of the pressure to release.
- Check on the water level, if it is much lower then your bones add a few more cups of filtered water to cover the remaining bones.
- Use a spoon to move the bones around in your Instant Pot.
- Place lid back on Top and repeat steps 3-5 one more time.
- Open the lid, and now add your carrots, celery, fresh parsley, sage, garlic, rosemary, pepper, salt and onion on top of the instant pot.
- Place lid on top and close pressure valve. Set to manual high pressure for 30 minutes.
- When time is up perform a quick release.
- Strain the broth from the bones and veggies into a large glass bowl and place in fridge overnight
- Remove any fat or film that has come to the surface.
- Store in airtight glass mason jars in the freezer for up to 6 months or in the fridge for 3-5 days.