How to debone the whole turkey

by yuksel

If you are a Turkey Junky like me, you will find a way to enjoy turkey year-round. We have been enjoying turkey year-round for about at last 15 years now. Our first time trying Turkey Tips was while we were visiting the local 99 Restaurant. Turkey breast about the size of meatballs marinated with soy sauce and sweet-spicy chili bbq sauce. It was the best turkey we ever had besides during the holiday. We started investigating if we could buy the whole turkey started experimenting. We were lucky because the local grocery store has a special that if you spend $400, you will get to have a free turkey. Family of three, we quickly spend that amount in a month.

Turkey Bone Broth

My Mother is my hero; She was a very creative person, especially in the kitchen. She was in charge of cooking for five people at least 2-3 times a day with a very tight budget. One of my favorite ones she used to cook a whole chicken. She used to boil the whole chicken and save the broth for chicken noodle soup or rice pilaf. She will use chicken meat to make chicken and vegetable stew and many other countless recipes. It could less a lot longer if you have a big family. It is very economical and delicious for numerous ways of using enjoying turkey meat.

Display of a Turkey bone broth Turkey meat and bones are separated after slow cooked over 45 minutes
35-45 minutes slow simmering will allow all the meat to peal of the bones.

Domestic vs. Wild

Did you know domesticated turkey will contain 20%-25% more fat vs. its wild cousin? Wild turkey will have a lot less fat, only 5%. What this meant when you are deboning the whole turkey, you don’t need to keep all the extra fat. Our favorite recipes including BBQ turkey tips on the grill during summer smoked turkey legs during fall. Turkey thigh meat is excellent for the buffalo wings style. Turkey breast is perfect for slow roast or schnitzel. You can portion based on how big your family. Freeze it for later use. You can enjoy Turkey meat in many different recipes. End of this video, you will see Turkey stew similar to Chicken noodle soup.

Turkey legs tia and breast meat portined in freezer bags on the counter black background cutting board and sharp knife.

Packaging for later use

Each one of these bags about four servings. Based on how big your family is. It’s a great meal option when you need it. Turkey meat can stay frozen for a long time. All you have to do is take out the freezer day ahead of time and place it into the tray below all other ready-to-eat food items. This method is called freezer pull thaw in the restaurant world. It is also safe to do at home. I will recommend using at least a 2-3″ deep Tupperware container or a tray to keep any fluid that will release during the taking process contained.

knifes, pans and paper towel over plastic garbage bag covered prep table
Food Safety first

Food Safety

It’s necessary to make sure that work station is neat, clean, and contained. If you plan on a large project this size, deboning the whole turkey, I recommend using trash bags to cover the prep table’s surface. Some times kitchen sink may be too small, or you don’t want to contaminate the kitchen sink, especially at home. If you have little kids, it could be hazardous.

Turkey Stew

Serves: 8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 95 calories 5.2grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 1lbs Turkey meat.
  • 1 medium-size diced onions.
  • 3 garlic cloves minced.
  • 1/2 pound sliced baby Bella mushrooms.
  • 4 stocks of a diced celery stick.
  • 1/2 pound of diced carrots.
  • 3 medium-size
  • 1/4 inch cubed or diced potatoes
  • 4 pints of Turkey or chicken brought.
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley.


Start adding a tablespoon of olive oil medium-sized source pan saute all the vegetables about 3-5 minutes until they are tender and translucent. Add turkey meat and turkey bone broth. Let it simmer for about 25-30 minutes on medium heat. You are ready to serve! I prefer freshly squeezed lemon juice, and freshly chopped parsley ENJOY! 


This is a great way of using everything once you separated the meat and bones. Chicken noodle soup has been around for centuries. It was a staple across Northern Europe and was brought to the United States by immigrants. Read more

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