Monday, November 25, 2013

Turkey Gravy

Yesterday I made the turkey gravy for the shelter.  If I didn't make this, they were getting it out of a can.  This took hours and hours to make.  At the end, I had 50 quarts.
 I couldn't use my giant pot to make the stock because it is too big to work with for something like this.  I used these three pots and let the stock simmer, strained it and added it to my giant pot and then did it all over again. I had so much garbage I had to take it to the shelter and throw it in their dumpster.  My trash cans couldn't handle it all.

 This is the stock from the first batch.

 I went through boxes of celery, onions and carrots.

 I used the turkey carcasses, along with the vegetables, some fresh herbs, bay leaves and black peppercorns.  These simmered for 3 hours each time.

Then they were strained, seasoned with S&P and thickened with flour mixed with butter.  When I took the lid off to transfer it to their pans, the guys were swooning.  I sure hope no one breaks into this before Thursday!  It is very dicey leaving it at the shelter but I had no room for it here.  Tomorrow is stuffing making day.

14 comments:

Nellie said...

What a job! This is hard work, I know! That is a lot of gravy!

Patty Woodland said...

Well, if they do break into it it will be their fault for not having gravy, eh?

Heritage Hall said...

I bow to your generosity of spirit
dear lady....just wish you were around the corner from some of us so that we could pitch in to help.
May you be ever blessed....
Gentility

Laurie said...

you will need a rest by Friday!I have pot of your Tortellini soup on right now, it smells amazing in here!

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

I admire Your dedication and energy! I'm not sure I would have stayed focused long enough to make that much gravy :-)
Yes lets hope they can keep their hands from this until it's time!

Have a great day!
Christer.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Bring me a straw, STAT!

TARYTERRE said...

You have the art of cooking down to a science. BRAVO!

Guillaume said...

I miss a good piece of meat and a good gravy.

chickpea678 said...

Oh dear Joyce, you are too much. How wonderful that the men at the shelter will have homemade gravy. What a treat for anyone!

Jeannine520 said...

Wow, that's a lot of gravy! I'll be making gravy and cranberry sauce tomorrow but only enough for 43 people. Seems like a small job next to what you've accomplished!!

Debby said...

I know that those men appreciate all you do. That was a lot of work. You are an amazing generous person. Happy Thanksgiving.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I needed a nap after reading that!
I admire you so much for all you do to help others. Sending you a big hug, Joyce!

Kay said...

I'm jumping over from Laurie's blog. By golly! She's right. You have a fabulous blog. I sure wish I could learn how to make gravy. Mine is always so so.

Jennifer said...

Those men are so very lucky to have a cooking angel like you in their lives! And I wish I could make gravy...I tried this year, and it was absolutely disgusting. Greasy, lumpy, and overly salty. Sigh.