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Homemade Turkey Soup Recipe

Homemade Turkey Soup Recipe

You can make the most of even the smallest pieces of leftover meat on your holiday turkey. I simmer the bones to get the rich flavor, then easily remove any meat that remains. I add rice, vegetables and cream soup for a hearty turkey soup that's tasty and economical. —June Sangrey, Manheim, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours 35 min. YIELD:8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 10- to 12-pound turkey)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

Directions

  • 1. Place the turkey carcass in a stockpot; add the water, onion, salt and bay leaves. Slowly bring to a boil over low heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  • 2. Remove carcass; cool. Strain broth and skim fat. Discard onion and bay leaves. Return broth to the pan. Add the carrots, rice, celery and chopped onion; cover and simmer until rice and vegetables are tender.
  • 3. Remove turkey from bones; discard bones and cut turkey into bite-size pieces. Add turkey and cream soup to broth; heat through. Yield: 8-10 servings (about 2 quarts).

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SherriJ10 User ID: 6502392 242148
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"Great, easy recipes. Although I did choose to alter certain things like using some fat free half and half and a few tablespoons of flour instead of the soup, I appreciate your recipe! Thank you to those who kindly posted their substitutions for their own reasons and didn't blast the poster. Kindness goes a long way."

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kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 240900
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"My whole family loved this soup. I used egg noodles instead of rice (I added them at the end of the cooking process). What a great way to use the turkey carcass after Thanksgiving or Christmas."

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mommayor User ID: 6425768 238766
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2015

"Delicious! Easy to make. I left the onions in the broth instead of straining them out and then adding more.. My family love it!"

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teryn69 User ID: 6818421 238351
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"You couldn't pay me to use canned soup in any dish. I had leftover gravy, that was all the creaminess it needed!"

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Leihoku User ID: 5897138 238246
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2015

"I made this today and it turned out great. What a great idea to use the leftover turkey carcass. I added poultry seasoning, garlic and I had some leftover canned corn, which I drained and added to the soup. I would make this again! I thought the cream of chicken soup added a nice creaminess to the soup."

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teags User ID: 8365149 226033
Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"Not sure what I did.. Followed recipe exact, but rice soaked up all my broth :( wth?"

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SharSmith22 User ID: 8275307 221705
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"would be amazing if it didn't have canned soup.now I added 3 cups of half and half ,reduce water by 3 cups...and add 1-2 tsp. poultry seasoning...fresh ground pepper and salt to taste..."

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hildeziegler User ID: 6896693 219936
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"This was good, but adding a CAN of cream of anything soup seems to violate any sense of "healthy." You don' t need it. Either add a few tablespoons flour to the veggie mixture, that I cooked for about five minutes in some butter or olive oil, before adding my broth, or if the rice doesn't thicken enough to your liking, pull out a 1/4 cup broth and mix a few tablespoons of flour with the broth until you have a creamy texture and then put it all back into the soup and simmer until the entire soup thickens. Do again if still not "creamy" enough. Also to the poor woman who had a difficult time removing the fat, just boil the carcass either early in the day or the day before and then chill it. The fat will harden and float to the top. No room in the refrigerator to cool? Where I live, you just put the pot outside and the temp outside will harden the fat in no time! I love soups from turkey chicken, ham or turkey bones, as well as any other kind of soup that It homemade."

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farmerinthedells User ID: 8192491 216493
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"Are you screaming kidding?? "Homemade" soup does not contain canned nor condensed."

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Supersharen User ID: 8161005 215168
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"This is delicious I didn't have any celery but I used a whole packet of Goya yellow rice instead of the white and it turned out perfect !"

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huebey User ID: 321111 64315
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"Oh My Gosh ...my 1st time ever making a turkey soup .followed directions and it came out so good .only problem I encountered was a way to separate the fat .lost a good clean pillow case but it was worth it . best tasteing turkey soup I ever had ( sorry mom )"

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danielleylee User ID: 4484886 71168
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"We used up leftover turkey breast carcass from the Italian turkey breast slow cooker dinner. It turned out really great. I did used heart request cream of chicken and used long grain brown rice to try and make it it a little more heart healthy. It is very full of flavor and hearty. This is my husbands new favorite after turkey leftover meal."

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AMANDALEEANN User ID: 6377446 70191
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"This had good flavor. I used chicken broth and water instead of messing with the turkey carcass, and it was too salty (and I left the added salt out). Next time I will use more water and less chicken broth."

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jorpatabi User ID: 3582131 135734
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"YUMMY!!! My family loved this soup! It is an excellent way to use your turkey leftovers!!!"

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dwilfer User ID: 6972953 64313
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"Excellent way to use up the leftover turkey. It is good with rice or homemade dumplings."

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Pokeypainter User ID: 7512967 207302
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"When making home made soup or other dish, I use whole food and not processed (ie tin of soup). Just my opinion."

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kitchenwitch2 User ID: 4872105 60648
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"I will make this today using cream of celery soup. Instead of rice we prefer adding egg noodles at the end, cooked and rinsed first so they don.t get mushy. I will also add a little poultry seasoning for that special flavor. Yummy!"

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hwaynek User ID: 4319236 133185
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"Adding a little garlic does this soup good."

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SD12 Nuckolls User ID: 4925858 70183
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"Did my turkey earlier this year so used this but also added leftover gravy, mashed potatoes, dressing and green bean casserole. In other words - everything except the cranberries! Yummo!"

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SingerRinger User ID: 5557591 70182
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"Its unusual for Taste of Home not to include the nutritional information. Since my husband and I are following Weight Watchers, this is important to us. Perhaps the editor will see this and post the values. After having some favorites on Thanksgiving Day, its back to program on Friday!"

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jeannette71 User ID: 4858205 207301
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"Perfect for using left over meat from the roast turkey and easy to make. Very tasty"

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peppermintcrunch User ID: 7419292 82362
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"love this soup, and I usually don't care that much for soup."

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helenbaby User ID: 6041392 148061
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"What a great idea to add Cream of chicken Soup! This is a yummy soup after cooking a turkey. I'll try Cream of Mushroom Soup another time."

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mom325 User ID: 6043194 133184
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I made it by the recipe, would try to add a little more zip to it next time."

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tsherretta User ID: 5470106 102205
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I made this for my husband and he LOVED it! I did add carrots and peas, which made it only more delicious. Perfect comfort food!"

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scotland1 User ID: 1426757 71156
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"Soup was wonderful. Made it when we got our first cold blast of winter. Delicous. Will make it again."

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anniem001 User ID: 1625439 82360
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"I made this tonight for dinner,so good, I just replaced the rice with dumplings. I did put some chicken seasoning into my water when boiling my carcass."

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frei530 User ID: 4995025 70124
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"So easy and a good way to use up turkey"

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megandrewsmom User ID: 5813155 132934
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"This was the best soup I've ever eaten! I think the key was I sprinkled both Adobo seasoning and chicken bouillon granules into the pot while boiling the carcass. Instead of rice I added noodles (about 4 oz of wide egg noodles). Also, I didn't have any cream soups on hand so I left it as a broth soup."

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momof1in02 User ID: 6812603 65997
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"was really good, I just used noodles instead of rice & added just a pinch of poultry seasoning..Oh I used the slow cooker instead. 5 star"

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lippertb5@msn.com User ID: 6286628 65996
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"very hearty soup, easy to make"

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pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 148060
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"It was good but kind of bland next time I would had some seasoning and more salt."

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keysawyte User ID: 4330287 135733
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"Very good.....I used noodles in stead of the rice, but will make it with the rice next."

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audreyperry User ID: 2791976 133183
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"Very quick and easy. Will try some wild rice next time, as well as adding fresh mushrooms. Freezes well too."

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avismoo2 User ID: 4038597 155078
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"I modified this slightly. Used my slow cooker to cook the soup, and added cooked noodles instead of rice. It was delicious!!"

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sjaaheim User ID: 1649262 60646
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"Was easy to make and follow recipe. Flavor was great."

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kcinto User ID: 1132547 132933
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"Easy & tasty!"

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airforcewife2011 User ID: 5938846 150065
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"It's very tasty, I made this today and both me and my husband loved it. The only complaint I would have is that I think it needs another textural element, because it's all kinda the same texture. but it was very tasty, and I will make it again"

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 150055
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"This was excellent. When I heated up the leftovers, I added the juice of 2 lemons and it tasted just like the chicken Lemon Rice soup at Greek restaurants."

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sd20 User ID: 5560294 155077
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"I put the carcass in the crockpot and used some turkey broth and water to equal the 2 quarts. I used fine noodles but I am sure any noodles or rice would be good! This is a very good and easy recipe..:)"

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itsmitherapy User ID: 5530236 70099
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"Had to modify recipe a bit as I had already cooked out the carcus with onion, parsnips and carrorst. So I heated up my broth and turkey added new veggies, and the rice. I added the mushroom soup and called it the secret ingredient. It was soooo very tasty and the fam loved it."

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shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 155065
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"What a great way to use up the remains of my Thanksgiving turkey. I didn't have cream of mushroom so I used some fat free milk instead and it was very delicious. Even the picky kids liked it. Will make again!"

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jen101 User ID: 6372996 135721
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"This was a great recipe, very tasty, & made my home smell warm & comforting. I will definitely make it again. Thanks!"

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swinny User ID: 1858482 133182
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"My husband and I just had this soup for dinner tonight and it is delicious! I did use fat free cream of chick soup to cut down on calories.... Yum!"

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vjohnson837 User ID: 1091161 155063
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"This was my first attempt at turkey soup. It was so simple and quick, I enjoyed making it."

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pmfh1516 User ID: 4991768 148056
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"This soup is amazing and super easy. I would like to try it with noodles sometime also."

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The Happy Cooker User ID: 5798641 102204
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"This is by far the best turkey soup recipe I've come across. I added a can of Routelle tomatoes to mine for a little extra kick, it was great both ways!"

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susiema User ID: 5725273 135713
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"Sorry I haven't tried this recipe but wanted to say that I learned from my mom to do this soup years ago. It is always so tasty using the turkey carcass for your base. I usually remove the carcass & chill the broth then you can lift off any fat that congeals on top! We have always added barley but no canned cream soup. The barley does thicken the soup after it is reheated so add more broth if you need to - freezes well. It might be good for us too!"

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skibunny2 User ID: 4985524 60645
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"Sorry I didn't add that I also simmer the turkey carcass for about 2 hours and use the turkey and juices from that also"

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skibunny2 User ID: 4985524 65994
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"Don't be afraid to throw in your left overs. Mashed potatoes for thickening,green bean casserole,stuffing,gravy and wild rice. Use turkey stock. Everything you have except the cranberry and sweet potatoes are a go. Fantastic taste, try it, I couldn't believe it would work when someone gave me the recipe."

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happylady13 User ID: 3413906 60639
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"Thanks sharon8111 for the great tip. I would never have thought of that idea. I dislike little bones when my soup is done and no matter that I put it all through a sieve, I always get some bones. Thanks for the great tip."

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sbttcote User ID: 5901664 60638
Reviewed May. 6, 2011

"I made this with part of my turkey carcass, mmmmm soo good. i made it a few times right after thanks giving. i think it will become a tradition every year. Might try with chicken"

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Marionperrine User ID: 690264 64311
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"I have used this recipe for a few years and LOVE IT!! I look forward to having a turkey carcuss just to make this, I made it today and have enough to put in the freezer. I add pepper and peas and more chicken broth but it is the best ever!!!"

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r_beyer User ID: 4614292 132898
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"I made this and my family really liked it."

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pharmtech7979 User ID: 4051815 150054
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"This soup is awesome!! Did some changes as I didn't keep the turkey carcass. I used 2 cans of chicken broth and que'd up with water to get right consistency. I don't like bay leaves so I used summer savory. I will definetly do it again."

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cindywcfm User ID: 5636925 150050
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"Made exactly as the recipe says and it absolutely delicious and full of flavor. This recipe is definitely a keeper. One of the best and richest tasting soups I have ever made!"

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mars418 User ID: 1383085 82358
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"Very good! I thought the turkey that I pulled off the carcas had no flavor so I cut up some leftover turkey and added it. I also substituted quinoa for rice....only need to add 1/2 cup or you end up with way too much quinoa--ask me how I know! All in all very good rich turkey soup. Perfect for a cold day."

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krishodges User ID: 496764 71134
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"I put the carcus of a turkey breast in the crock pot with some water, salt, pepper and thyme and let it cook on low all night. The house smelled great and I have some great condensed broth for soup. The crock pot is thre way to go."

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SandyLee11 User ID: 5334274 154259
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"I wanted to add that turkey soup is a big hit in my family, but we do not use rice. I use a crockpot to make the broth, and I usually just put the turkey in it when I clean up, then go to bed. When I reassemble it, I use noodles (the dumpling kind are great, but any kind works). I accidentally added too many noodles the first time I made it, but it was such a hit it's now the regular way. We make it the same way otherwise, but for us it's turkey and noodles."

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sharon8111 User ID: 1759423 65977
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"When cooking the turkey carcass, wrap it in cheesecloth and you won't have to search for little bones in the soup liquoid. I always use cheesecloth for ham bones, chicken and turkey carcasses."

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HoneyBunchster User ID: 3415611 70095
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2010

"Husband and I loved it. I made it the first time after Thanksgiving. Only I used the wings. It was what I had. I have a turkey in oven right now and plan on making it again.

DELICIOUS!!!!"

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rmlandrich User ID: 4118854 148055
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"this is the first soup I ever made from scratch.Delicious,esay and healthy. You don't need to add the salt for those with high blood pressure.It still is delicious."

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darhon5 User ID: 3134452 158806
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"My family loved this easy to make turkey soup. Our preference was to use Cream of Mushroom instead of the Cream of chicken soup."

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bking50 User ID: 1704488 82356
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"My family loves Turkey Soup after Thanksgiving. I simmer the carcas all day with onions and celery, pepper and whatever spices I throw in. I experiment every year. This year, in place of pasta, I'm going to try some Quinea. I also throw in any leftover veggies that are in my refrig."

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littlechips User ID: 2128279 150049
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2009

"My Mom would make Turkey Soup whenever we had turkey leftovers. However, she would add Cream of Tomato Soup instead of Cream of chicken or Mushroom. The Tomato Soup would give a sweeter taste. Celery, carrots and onion with a touch of parsley and egg noodles along with the Turkey bits and Tomato Soup made a marvelously rich, colorful and tasty cool weather soup."

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savygardner User ID: 2750132 150008
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"delicious-also great using chicken instead of turkey."

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savygardner User ID: 2750132 65976
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"delicious"

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mom23kids User ID: 3946374 60637
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2009

"Husband loved it, kids did not....maybe next time I'll try the mushroom instead of the chicken..."

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TriainAtlanta User ID: 291234 132897
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2008

Marge - I'm with you - for some reason I don't like rice in soup - even thought I do like rice.   I prefer the noodles and veggies, also.   I'm out of celery (maybe I can find a can of cream of celery soup in the pantry to add as I'm not going "out" today) but do have a perfectly good "carcass" with just a bit of meat on it.   I'm wondering the veggies you used but will use some frozen ones I have.
 
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MomSchick User ID: 237443 64307
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2008

"Sara,  the "carcus" is the skeleton that's left after you cut the meat off - or what's left of your turkey.  In other words, the bones that are left with some meat on them.  After you cook them for a while, you remove them, take the meat of that's left on it and cut that up and add the meat back into the soup. This makes great soup using the left over turkey bones to make soup - I like it more with vegetables a some noodles rather than the rice, but that's my preference.  Marge"

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Sara Morgan User ID: 1093345 71132
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2008

"What is meant by "Carcus?""

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sailorbob User ID: 2833964 207300
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2008

"crockpot idea sounds great. Think I'll try that way.

Sailor"

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babetoo User ID: 1521544 154254
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2008

"i think i will try this in my crock pot. should be even better if it simmers all day"

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mirijes User ID: 2891905 207299
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008

"I've tried this one and it is soooo good. My children slick it up."

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