Unlike many households, we purposely make too much turkey. Why? The cost per pound is often significantly cheaper than other meats, including beans. Why? Turkey is often sold as a loss leader in many grocery stores. If they can get you in to buy the turkey, chances are you won’t go somewhere else to buy all the trimmings.
We take advantage of the loss leaders, buying as many turkeys as we can store. Then we cook the turkeys and freeze the meat for use in other recipes.
Guidelines for how long leftovers are good and serving suggestions are below this handy table of ideas for using leftover cooked turkey.
|Leftover Turkey Recipes|
|Turkey Pot Pie||Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup|
- Turkey should be frozen or used within 2 – 6 days.
- Frozen cooked turkey should be used within 2 months and should be cooked thoroughly, immediately after thawing.
- If you have gravy or leftover mashed potatoes they should have been used within 1 – 2 days after Thanksgiving. Use them today or toss them out.
- Leftover gravy is an excellent addition to “Mustgo Soup,” mashed potatoes are, too. Both thicken and add flavor.
- Cranberry sauce can be stirred into yogurt, served over ice cream, or it makes a nice accompaniment to pork chops, ham, chicken, or fish. It should be used within 7 days. (The sugar acts as a preservative.)
How about it, Home Eccers, do you have any suggestions?