Sunday, November 28, 2010

Turkey Leftovers

I decided to do a turkey leftover post after seeing my neighbor let her leftover turkey sit on her counter all night and then throw it away the next day. She basically had just legs left but it still was a considerable amount of turkey wasted. I had less people eating at my house so had a lot more turkey left. The day after Thanksgiving I didn't make any food it was just a leftover day (however, unlike my neighbor, I had gotten the pan in the refrigerator Thanksgiving evening). For lunch the next day we ate turkey sandwhiches. Yesterday I took all the meat off the bones and put the bones in a pan with carrots and onion (Phil hates celery or I would have used some celery as well). I really don't know how long I cooked it, for a long while until the broth was milky looking. I then used some of the broth to make turkey soup. I put the broth in the crockpot, got out my soup veggie bag from the freezer (any vegetable leftovers go in the bag to be frozen and used for soup later), put it in the crockpot and added some cut up turkey, salt and pepper. Later I added some ziti pasta (any pasta will do and I happened to have ziti) and when the pasta was done the soup was done. Must have been good. The crockpot was emptied. I also ended up with 3 quarts of stock and canned it today. There is still a considerable amount of turkey in ziplock bags in the frig. I used some put in my Ramen noodles that I ate for lunch. For supper we refuse to eat turkey again, so it will be deer steaks tonight but tomorrow I will make some sort of casserole with some of it. None of it will go to waste. If we get sick of turkey I will just freeze what is left and use it in future soups and casseroles.


  1. I have to admire your attitude Becky. Nothing goes to waste does it? And surely that is consistent with the theme of Thanksgiving too.
    A bit of cold turkey in a sandwich with cranberry sauce is always nice...

  2. I really can't stand to see food wasted, though I guess we have it easy because anything we don't eat still doesn't go to waste; there is always a cat, dog, duck or chicken to eat whatever we leave here.

  3. Probably a little late to coment but I just found your blog.
    While cleaning up after Thanksgiving dinner I started making soup from the carcas and leftovers- normal enough for everyone but my not so domestic sister -"Uhm, why are you cooking your trash?".