making turkey stock

Yorkie Friendly Turkey Stock

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making wild turkey stockThe secret to good dog treats is in the meat. Fresh, delicious, meaty meat.

I have a lot of recipes for biscuit treats that call for chicken or beef broth. I absolutely hate using boxed broths or bullion cubes in dog treats because they are full of sodium and are bad for Yorkies. So, step one in a lot of my favorite treat recipes is making stock. Today I’m making turkey stock.

Turkey stock is generally reserved for after Thanksgiving – that special time of year when you have the carcass of a turkey to contend with. Fortunately, my husband is an avid hunter, so there’s always something in the deep freezer I can use to make stock. Today I decided that the wild turkey leg that had been in the freezer since last year was taking up too much room and needed to go. We cooked one  last year because my husband wanted to take big bite out of a whole turkey leg, like a medieval king. Apparently it wasn’t that amazing, or the other one would have been cooked at some point in the last year. But, I digress.

The purpose of this turkey stock is for dog treats, so there are a few things that need to be left out. Onion, garlic, salt, and other aromatic ingredients shouldn’t be in a stock that’s specially made for a pooch. Garlic and onions in particular can be poisonous to dogs, so we need to leave those out. For a list of what is poisonous, check out our post on Yorkies and Poisoning.

carrots and celery To start my stock, I chopped up some carrots and celery and added a bit of parsley. Carrots are low in calories and high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A. Celery is safe for dogs, and is basically a low calorie filler, but in our stock adds some flavor. The parsley is just for flavor and is safe for dogs in small quantities – too much can cause stomach upset and excessive amounts can cause liver toxicity. 
browned wild turkey leg Next, I poured some water over the veggies and got the water boiling. While the water was heating up, I roasted the turkey leg in the oven with a little olive oil to get it browned, just on the outside.
making turkey stock Now, you’re supposed to break up the bones to get all the marrow and goodness out, but I don’t have anything in the kitchen that would cut through raw bone, so I just threw the whole leg in the pot, put the lid on and let it simmer for a few hours.
wild turkey stock After a few hours, I removed the pot from the stove and strained everything into mason jars. Now I have yummy and healthy turkey stock ready to make delicious Yorkie treats.

I also made some venison broth and now I’m making chicken stock, all using the same recipe.

You can use the stock in recipes that call for broth or bullion. You can also use it to replace water in your dog treat recipes for more flavor. I sometimes add a little rice to the “entrees” that I make for Catherine, and I boil the rice in the stock to really make it tasty.

And, you can use the stock in your own recipes, of course. This is a doggy friendly stock that everyone can use. Enjoy!

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