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Cloudy Turkey Stock: Unveiling the Mystery Behind Its Murky Appearance

Hey there! Are you wondering why your turkey stock is cloudy? Well, I’m here to help! In this post, I’ll be discussing the reasons why your stock might be cloudy and how to fix it. So, let’s get started!

1. You used tap water that hasn’t been boiled yet.

1. You used tap water that hasn’t been boiled yet.

2. You used ice cubes or cold water.

3. You didn’t filter your stock after cooking.

2. You used bones with a lot of connective tissue (aka ‘cartilage’).

I’ve been making turkey stock for years and have never had a problem with it being cloudy.

I use bones with a lot of connective tissue (aka ‘cartilage’).

Connective tissue in animals (and people) tends to be found in abundance around the joints.

It’s the stuff that gives you ‘creaky knees’ when you get old.

Connective tissue is tough and stringy and has lots of collagen (the ‘glue’ that holds our body together).

The best way I can describe how to find connective tissue is that you’re looking for ‘bits’.

So, when you buy a whole turkey (or chicken), you’re looking for the bits that most people would throw away.

The neck (with the skin) is a great place to start.

The wings have a lot of connective tissue.

You can also use the carcass (with all the ligaments and tendons attached) if you’re making a whole-bird recipe.

3. You didn’t simmer your stock long enough.

When you pull your stock off the stove, it may appear cloudy.

This is a result of the moisture in the air condensing as the stock cools.

The best way to avoid this is to let your stock come to room temperature and then store it in the fridge overnight.

If you prefer to use your stock immediately, you can try to filter it through cheesecloth to remove any remaining particles.

4. You added ingredients after the stock had finished cooking.

The cloudiness in your stock is due to the presence of ingredients such as vegetables, meat, and other proteins.

These ingredients can be added to the stock at any time during the cooking process, but it is important to note that the longer they are cooked, the more cloudy the stock will be.

If you want to reduce the cloudiness of your stock, you can try to cook it for a shorter period of time or use a clarification process.

A clarification process involves adding an clarifying agent to the stock and then straining it through a fine filter.

This will remove any cloudiness-causing particles and produce a more clear stock.

5. You put hot stock in the fridge or freezer

Here is why your turkey stock is cloudy

When you make stock, you use raw ingredients.

The proteins in these ingredients (bones, vegetables, etc.

) are not fully cooked, and they will not be fully cooked when you store them in the fridge or freezer.

When you reheat the stock, the proteins will cook further and cause the stock to become cloudy.

This is especially true if you use a high proportion of bones to water.

To avoid this, you can try one of two things:

1. Use a lower proportion of bones to water.

This will reduce the amount of protein in the stock, and therefore reduce the likelihood that it will become cloudy.

2. Cook the stock longer before storing it.

This will allow the proteins to fully cook and denature, so they will not cloud the stock when you reheat it.

Hope this helps!


So you’re probably wondering why your turkey stock is cloudy. Here are the 3 reasons why:

1. You used tap water that hasn’t been boiled yet.

2. You used bones with a lot of connective tissue (aka ‘cartilage’).

3. You didn’t simmer your stock long enough.

Emily W.

Emily Wong is an Asian-American food writer the founder of With nearly 8 years of experience, she has a passion for making cooking accessible to everyone and sharing her personal experiences with food. Emily's vision for is to create a community of food lovers who are passionate about cooking, eating, and sharing their experiences with others. Read my story
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