- November, 25 2014
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Now that we’ve all had our fill of leftover turkey…
It’s time to freeze that leftover turkey three different ways for many meals to come!
Here’s the three kinds of packages you will prepare for your freezer:
- Leftover Turkey Sandwich Slices: Leftover turkey meat cuts cleaner and easier when it’s cold. An electric knife is helpful to slice any leftover turkey breast pieces thin and against the grain. Put into plastic bags, seal tightly, removing as much air as you can (or use a vacuum sealer). Portion an amount into each bag according to how much your family will go through in a few days. Then mark “Turkey Sandwich meat” and the date with a permanent marker. And into the freezer!
- Leftover Turkey Pieces: All those little pieces, odds and ends of leftover turkey should be diced and portioned out to the amount you would use to throw into soups and casseroles. I recommend portioning out no more than 1-2 cups at a time for a family of four. Put only what you would empty into a pot or casserole, setting aside any skin or gristle your family wouldn’t like (but don’t throw anything away yet). Put into an airtight freezer bag, squeezing out any extra air. Mark the bag “1 Cup Turkey pieces” or “2 Cup Turkey Pieces” and the date with a permanent marker. In a few weeks, make almost any recipe calling for diced chicken, like this easy Turkey Pot Pie recipe, or Quickie Chickie Mini Pies or Mom’s Gluten Free Chicken Soup or Chicken Tacos (in place of pork) or ???
- Leftover Turkey Stock: Hopefully you saved more than just the leftover turkey! That leftover turkey carcass, juice, skin, fat, and all the scraps not good for any of the above should all go into a big stock pot. When we carve the turkey on Thanksgiving Day, we have a stock pot right next to the carving station and it all goes right in. You can break up the bones to make them fit. Fill the pot with cold water until it’s completely under water. Add chunks of onion, celery, any fresh sage you may have leftover, bay leaf, and bring it all up to a good simmer. Best not to bring to a boil, as it can get cloudy. Simmer UN-covered for half the day (at least 4 hours), skimming off and discarding any foam. Simmer until it’s reduced to the strength for stock that you want. Strain the stock through a mesh strainer. When it cools, pour into leftover jars that you have saved from mayonnaise, peanut butter, etc., You could also opt to pour into ice cube trays, then once they’re frozen, remove into plastic bags. Then you can take out cubes of stock in different quantities as needed. Mark the bags or jars “turkey stock” and date with a permanent marker. Now freeze and in a few weeks, with a package of 2 cup package of leftover turkey pieces and your homemade stock, make my World Renowned Chicken Tortilla Soup (yes, turkey works fine)!
Now, sit down and relax. You just made life a little easier and a whole lot cheaper on lots of meals to come!
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