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.