A bowl of turkey stock

Slow Cooker Stock

  • Author: Everyday Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Total Time: 12 hours 10 minutes


A very easy way to make stock, that can be left to its own devices.

You will need:

  • Slow cooker
  • Colander and any size sieve OR
  • Large sieve



  • Turkey or chicken bones
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium onion
  • Bouquet garni
  • 612 peppercorns
  • Bay leaf
  • Other spices – see Note


  1. Break/cut and flatten the breast bones
    • Especially with a turkey as, otherwise, it takes up too much space
  2. Put the bones in the slow cooker. Depending on the size of your cooker, you may need to do this in more than 1 batch. I always do 2 batches for a turkey
    • Don’t cram the cooker, leave room for plenty of water or you won’t get all the goodness out of the bones
  3. Scrub the carrot and trim. Cut into 3-4 pieces. Add to cooker
  4. Peel the onion and cut into 4 pieces. Add to cooker
  5. Add the herbs and spices
  6. Cover with water to just below the top of the slow cooker
    • If the stock is too weak, we will reduce it later
  7. Set your slow cooker to Auto if you have it (this gets the temperature to High, then turns it to Low)
    • Use Low if you think you will leave the stock for more than a day
  8. Leve to cook for 12-24 hours
  9. When you’re ready, strain the stock through a colander to remove the bones
    • If your colander has large holes you may need to use a sieve to remove small seeds or pieces of meat/bone
  10. Leave the stock to cool or use immediately for soup


Everyday Cooks tips:

  • To dispose of the bones, wrap in newspaper before putting in the bin
  • If the stock is too weak, reduce by boiling in a large saucepan with the lid off until it has halved in volume. (This may take up to 20 minutes, but keep an eye on it).
  • Reduce and freeze in an ice cube tray to add to stir-frys or stews
  • Spices to use: I have pared down my spice cupboard, so I only use the three spices/herbs I’ve listed, but you could add mustard seed if you have it. The only one you really need is the bouquet garni.
  • Category: Staple
  • Method: Slow cooker
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: Easy, crockpot, slow cooker