Leftover Turkey Soup in the Solar Oven

Left over turkey makes a delicious soup in the solar oven.

Turkey Soup made in the Solar Oven

We enjoyed a great Thanksgiving this year.  Our daughter and son-in-law hosted us and his large family at their house.  It was a beautiful fall day and we ate outside.  The kids played.  The food was good.  We were all together.  There was much to be thankful for — including left over turkey.  Although we did not make the turkey on Thanksgiving, we had roasted a turkey earlier in the week for Rod to take to the company potluck.    He brought home what was left of the turkey and the carcass, which I cooked in a large pot and made turkey soup.

I don’t really have a recipe for this fall favorite.  But here is the method.

I broke the carcass into pieces, put it into the stock pot, and covered it with water.

Place turkey carcass in a large pot and cover with water.

Thanksgiving turkey carcass in stock pot with water is the first step in making Turkey soup.

My large stock pot just barely fits into the GSO – and only then with some modifications.  In order to fit, we take out the swinging leveler,and sit the GSO at a very small angle.  The stock pot sits at a slight angle, but it doesn’t affect the cooking.   Even so, the handle on the lid  sticks up too high.  So I replace the lid with a pie tin.  And of course, that pie tin just begs for something to be cooked in it too!  On this day, I mixed up a quick blueberry muffin mix to bake in the top pan.  Made a great little snack!  (I also left one of the screws unlatched on the top so that the steam could escape.)

Blueberry muffins were baked on the top of the stock pot

Turkey soup in the solar oven with a pan of blueberry muffins on top.

I simmered the carcass for 4 hours.   I took out the carcass and removed all of the remaining turkey from the bones and added it back to the broth.  Then I added some dehydrated onions and several handfuls of dehydrated carrots and celery.   I seasoned it with salt, pepper, and thyme and put the pot back into the solar oven for the vegetables to rehydrate and cook.  About 1 1/2 hours later, I added some egg noodles, and let those cook as well.

This is a basic recipe and method.  You probably have a favorite recipe for turkey soup as well.  Make it in your solar oven this year.

Here are some other recipes you might enjoy.

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2 thoughts on “Leftover Turkey Soup in the Solar Oven

  1. Love playing with turkey leftovers! Great recipe and process. We ate at my daughter’s and I brought the turkey and fixings that I cooked in the solar oven, the day before, and sliced it for presentation. I got to keep the carcass to make turkey tetrazzini and soups. Her turning vegetarian does have its benefits. How big was your pot? Looks like a 12-quart stock pot.

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