looking for turkey giblets
I found a recipe to make gravy (I'm getting ready for Christmas already!) that calls for a turkey broth which you make using the contents of the giblet bag (heart, gizzard, neck). (it says not to use the liver). Is it possible to purchase this in a package (probably frozen) without buying the turkey yet? I wanted to make the broth ahead of time (says you can make it up to 1 month ahead). I checked Safeway and they only had a package of frozen chicken gizzards. There were a lot of gizzards in the pack, so I was wondering how much to use, (if I can't find anything else) if the original turkey recipe called for one of each of heart, neck, gizzard and tail.
You really can't use too many gizzards so I would err on the side of more rather than less. Maybe 2 cups? If you have to use chicken why not buy a utility grade chicken and use the whole bird?
I make my own turkey broth and freeze it every time I make a turkey but I use the carcass. It's best if you add carrots, onion and celery as well. Another way is to make a double broth by using chicken broth instead of water with the turkey parts and veg.
Co-op has packs of gizzard and heart mixed, haven't seen necks but I am sure any chicken part with a bone would work . I also think that more parts equals more flavour. Use at least 5 of each, hearts and gizzards.