Photo by Donna

Photo by Donna

I wrote this very same thing last year: for delicious turkey gravy on Thursday, make a quart of rich turkey stock today or tomorrow.

Here’s what my plan is.  I’m roasting a chicken for dinner and I’ll also throw into the oven two fat turkey wings  and cook them till they look delicious enough to eat.  I’ll put them in a pan and cover them with water (I may add the chicken carcass—haven’t decided yet.  The wings I bought weigh about 3 pounds (and cost less than $4).  I’ll pour in at least that much water, probably more, enough to cover them by about an inch of water in a snug pan.  I’ll bring the water to a simmer, then put the pan uncovered in the oven set low, 180 degrees or so, overnight.  They can go for as little as 8 hours like this or sixteen, doesn’t matter so long as the water isn’t simmering, is hot but still.

Tomorrow, I’ll add a large onion, two fat carrots, a handful of garlic, a couple bay leaves, a tablespoon of peppercorns, cracked, and a couple tablespoons of tomato paste.  I’ll bring it back up to a simmer then put it in the oven for an hour.  Then I’ll strain it, twice.  First through a colander or basket strainer, then through a cloth.

I buy inexpensive handkerchiefs for the kitchen. I hate to buy cheesecloth that will be used once and discarded. Not only are they washable, handkerchiefs also have a finer weave than the stuff you find at the grocery store and so work better.

I’ll chill this stock, remove the layer of fat on top.  On Thanksgiving it’ll be ready to go.  While the turkey is roasting, I’ll make a roux with rendered turkey fat and use that to thicken the gravy while the turkey’s resting.

If you’re the one making Thanksgiving dinner, start now and stay ahead of the game.

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4 Wonderful responses to “Thanksgiving Gravy:
Make Stock Today or Tomorrow”

  • dsi r4

    Its really thanks giving post. Its easy to make it. I definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lucas

    Does this method keep the stock hot enough so as to impede bacterial growth?

  • Brendan

    a little late, but good trick. When you go to chill the stock if you have a nice airtight Tupperware container you can put it in the fridge upside-down and when you take it out in the morning all the fat will be on the bottom and you can pour the stock right out.