Turkey carcass bone broth is one of my absolute favorite recipes to make for my dogs. It’s packed full of minerals and nutrients that not only tastes great but also:
And my dogs love it!
One of the other reasons I’m such a fan of bone broth is that it’s really easy to make. I’m talking a few simple ingredients thrown into a large pot or slow cooker … then just set it and forget it!
Use this easy to follow bone broth recipe to turn your turkey carcass into a super nutritious treat your dog will love!
What you’ll need:
Put your turkey carcass and your bones in your pot. I like to use beef marrow bones and chicken feet. The more joints you can add the better. This adds protective gelatin that comes from the cartilage in the bone joints.
I also add a little garlic for flavor and because it’s really good for your dog. You can choose to add it or leave it out.
Now fill the pot with water until the carcass and the bones are completely covered by at least 2-3 inches. Then top it off with 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
If you’re cooking in the pot, turn the heat to medium-high for an hour. Or you can use a slow cooker on high for an hour. After the hour has passed, turn the stove or slow cooker to low and let the bone broth cook for 24 hours.
Once your turkey carcass bone broth is fully cooked, strain, strain, strain. You want to get all the pieces of bone out of the broth, so make sure to strain it well.
At this point, you can also add some extras to boost the health factor. I usually add fresh broccoli, kale or green beans, as well as kelp or herbs. Add these when the broth is hot to soften them up a bit.
Or, if you just want to keep it as simple as possible, don’t add anything at all!
Let the bone broth cool and put it in the fridge for a few hours. Take it out and scrape the hard layer of fat off the top and toss it … your dog doesn’t need that part!
Under the fat, your bone broth should look like a big pot of jelly. That’s what it’s supposed to look like! This jelly is what’s going to protect your dog’s joints and gut.
Don’t worry if the jelly just isn’t there … this batch is still chock-full of healthy, delicious stuff, so feed it too! The reason it doesn’t look like jelly is that you didn’t add enough vinegar. Next time you make it, you can add another tablespoon.
Storage depends on how big your batch is and how much room you’ve got in your fridge. You can either keep it in the pot and serve it to your dog over the next few days, or separate it into smaller containers.
I don’t like to keep it in the fridge for more than a few days, so if you’ve made a ton, just separate it into mason jars and put it in the freezer.
At dinner time, spoon 2 or 3 good spoonfuls over your dog’s dinner and watch him go crazy for the taste!