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Exploding Turkey Stock

Levaeria | | Jan 27, 2013 05:11 PM

I make stock from bird carcasses whenever I have them available. Today, I had a pot of turkey stock on the stove. It had been simmering for two days over low-heat with a loose-fitting lid. About midway through the day, I heard a loud crash in my kitchen. When I walked out to see what had happened, I was greeted with the sight of turkey stock and fat everywhere.

The lid that once sat nicely on the pot was flipped over, upside down. Stock and fat were all over the floor and the wall. Stock, fat and pieces of what look like turkey back or neck, along with skin, were covering stove. The explosion was so fierce that it managed to flip the lid into the dial on my stove and turn it off. At least, I assume that’s how the dial of my stove got turned to “off.”

I have an electric stove, if it matters. I just want to know what the heck happened… I put everything that comes in the inside of the bird into the stock, save for the liver. I cut off the fat that covers the vent and neck hole to toss it in. All raw. It simmered fine for over 48 hours. Then suddenly, explosion!

I poked through the remaining stock, I didn’t put in anything that wasn’t part of the bird. It took me nearly an hour to clean up the mess and I don’t want to go through this experience again.

Has this happened to anyone before? Is there some exploding part of the turkey that no one ever told me about? Can’t find anything on Google…

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