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Can I use chicken stock as my base for turkey gravy?

brandnewuser Nov 8, 2007 02:36 PM

This is my plan: spend this weekend making chicken stock using whole chicken parts, back, and feet along with a few aromatics. I'll freeze the stock. Fast forward to Thanksgiving. Can I use the chicken stock to make the gravy? I plan on using the turkey drippings and fond for more flavor. Will this co-mingling of poulty make for a funky flavored gravy?

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    cocktailhour RE: brandnewuser Nov 8, 2007 02:41 PM

    It will work. if you are making the stock specifically for turkey, though, you can buy turkey wings and make a turkey broth if you wanted. I have done this. Either way will be good.

    1. Den RE: brandnewuser Nov 8, 2007 02:42 PM

      The one word answer is yes, chicken stock will be fine...especially home made!

      1. Davwud RE: brandnewuser Nov 8, 2007 05:28 PM

        Where are these whole chicken parts coming from?? If you're buying, why not buy turkey parts??

        It will be just fine with chicken stock though.


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          BRB RE: brandnewuser Nov 8, 2007 06:59 PM

          Absolutely you can use chicken stock, and there will be no ill effects.

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            MikeG RE: brandnewuser Nov 9, 2007 03:41 AM

            Just make sure you use enough drippings for it to taste like "turkey" - at least if your guests are reasonably discerning. A certain family member who shall remain nameless thinks "gravy is gravy" (in jars and cans non less) but I gotta say, distinctly chicken-flavored gravy over turkey IS a bit weird...

            1. C. Hamster RE: brandnewuser Nov 9, 2007 07:39 AM

              Yes but don't forget about the turkey giblets. Simmer them in the chicken broth on turkey day.

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