how to make turkey stock not suck

I've made turkey stock from a carcass. There's no meat on the carcass. I placed it in a big pot, filled about halfway with water. This time (and every time I've made turkey stock) it comes out fatty and salty and not very flavorful. What can I do it to make it not so...slippery? fatty?

I'm making turkey and dumplings (like chicken and dumplings but w turkey)

Danielle Wordelman


gandalf April 23, 2020
What do you do to the carcass prior to putting it in the stock pot with water? I ask because I always take a turkey carcass (or chicken also, for that matter) and roast it in the oven at 400F for 30 minutes on a greased sheet pan with quartered onions and carrots prior to putting all of those ingredients, plus a couple of bay leaves, in a stock pot to cook. I use 16 cups = 4 quarts water, bring to a boil, then let simmer, covered, for an hour; after that I let everything cool for 45-60 minutes, skim off any fat on top, strain out the carcass and other solids, and put into storage containers (freezing most of them).
HalfPint April 22, 2020
If it's too fatty, refrigerate and let the fat solidify. Or skim as much fat as you can, if you don't have time for the refrigeration.

Add more water if it's too salty. I would also add some carrots, onion, and celery for a little sweetness and some aromatics. I like adding thyme and/or fresh ginger root. A little fresh ground black or white pepper.

Back in March, at the start of SIP in California, I made wontons with a turkey broth. Made the broth with a turkey carcass and the above mentioned aromatics, except thyme. It was such as comforting meal for us.

BTW, ginger in dumplings are a revelation :)
Nancy April 23, 2020
All true and good.
Further, after you've made and drained the stock, refrigerate overnight.
Next day, skim any fat that's solidified on top, then cook down the stock (half by volume) to concentrate the flavor.
Refrigerate or freeze in convenient sizes for use.
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