Make the Most of Your Turkey
Did you know that a turkey can provide you with many meals? You can eat for a week on a turkey. November is turkey month, as in that is the best time of year to buy a turkey. The prices (in the United States) are at their lowest. I recommend buying at least two turkeys so that you can make the most of your turkey.
Cook your turkey however you normally cook your turkey. When the meal is over (if you aren't asleep in the recliner) remove all the meat from the bones. Yes, much of the weight of a turkey is in the bones, but that does not mean it can't feed you. Turkey bones make a wonderfully delicious and nutritious broth that you can use in recipes for months to come. Once you take all the meat off the bones (both the white meat and the dark meat) divide it up into meals sized portions.
For my family, meal sized portions mean, a large chunk for sandwiches, enough for a complete recreation of the Thanksgiving meal a few days later, chopping two-four cups of the white meat for soup and/or pot pie and chopping the dark meat for turkey salad sandwiches. From a 20 pound turkey, for my family of six, we get at least five meals - and that doesn't include the broth.
Many people wonder what to do with turkey, aside from the main meal. You can use turkey meat exactly the same way as you use chicken meat. As for the broth, I boil all the turkey bones in a very large stock pot. I add carrot, potato and onion peels (clean the veggies before peeling so you can use them) to my broth, as well as thyme, basil, oregano, pepper, salt and lots of garlic. I also add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar to leech the calcium from the bones. This broth will be the base of our turkey noodle soup that we have after Thanksgiving. I then freeze the rest in 2 cup portions and usually end up with enough broth to use in various recipes for several months.
There you have it; an easy way to make the most of your turkey. This is even better than the saying "cook once, eat twice". You can cook once and eat five times with a little bit of work in the beginning. It doesn't get much better than that does it?
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