Turkey carcass bone broth is one of my absolute favorite things to make for my dogs. It’s packed full of minerals and nutrients that not only taste great, they also promote a healthy gut, help detox the liver and promote healthy joints …
… 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![Related: Reasons Your Dog Loves Bone Broth]
Turkey Carcass Bone Broth Recipe
Use this easy to follow recipe to turn your turkey carcass into a super nutritious treat your dog will love!
What you’ll need:
- Turkey carcass
- Beef marrow bones
- Chicken feet
- Organic apple cider vinegar
- Optional: veggies (broccoli, kale, green beans), kelp, parsley
Put your turkey carcass and your bones in your pot. I like to use beef marrow bones and chicken feet. The more joints the better because that’s what’s going to give you the joint protecting 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.
Related: Garlic for Dogs: Friend or Foe
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 med-high for an hour, or high for the slow cooker, then turn it to low and let it 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 heath factor. I usually add fresh broccoli, kale or green beans, 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 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 want this part!).
Under the fat your bone broth should look like a big pot of jelly, and that’s what it’s supposed to look like! These are all those fancy minerals working together and this jelly is what’s going to protect your dog’s joints and gut.
Don’t worry if the jelly just isn’t there. That means you didn’t add enough vinegar so just add another tablespoon with the next batch. But wait, this batch is still chock-full of healthy, delicious stuff, so feed it too!
Pro Tip: Add A Dash Of Joint Pain Comfort To Your Broth
Active/Sporting Dog: Add a scoop of Asta Zan-14 (Red Algae and turmeric) to your bone broth to help provide support for endurance, stamina and recovery for your active dog and to relieve sore joints.
Old and sore dog?: Add Asta Zan-14 to your dog’s bone broth and help relieve his joint pain. Asta Zan (red algae mixed with turmeric) works as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant for your dog.
Depending on how big your batch is and how much room you’ve got in your fridge, 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, just take out your pot or container and spoon 2 or 3 good spoonfuls over your dog’s dinner and watch him go crazy for the taste!