- I love turkey.
- I bought it for $0.77/lb! Yes, I spent about $15 on my huge turkey! This is an incredible way to be frugal. I bought 2 and kept one in the deep freezer for early spring.
- I can make it go far. Turkey sandwiches with stuffing and cranberries are my favorite way to eat the leftovers.
- I can make it go far. Freezing chopped or pulled turkey meat for other recipes in 2 cup freezer bags.
- I can make it go far. Using 5 cups of pulled turkey meat, I can make 7 dinners and 9 lunches and still have some left. How? Turkey soup. Perfect for a cool, crisp fall or winter day.
1 large turkey carcass, some or most of the meat pulled off. I do this the same night we have our turkey dinner. I pull much of the meat off, shove the carcass into my big stockpot, put a lid on it, and then refrigerate until the next day. If you have 3-5 hours to kill, then by all means, skip the fridge part. For me, the next morning I pull out the stockpot, fill water to the top of the carcass, add a big handful of baby carrots (8-10), and toss in a tablespoon or so of celery seed. If you have fresh celery, then use it instead!
Bring it all to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for about 4-5 hours. At this point you will have a bunch of stuff all floating around and will need to get it all out. So break out a large platter, grab your tongs, your mesh colander and anything else that can help dig out all that stuff. Last thing to do is to get a huge container or two to strain your stock into. Pour your stock through a fine mesh colander into the containers. Put them in the fridge and save for the next day. Using a skimmer on the chilled stock, remove the fat off the top. It's a lot of work but it's worth it for a delicious, healthy meal option.
Large stockpot of reduced fat turkey broth (see steps above)
5 cups chopped turkey
2 boxes of quick barley or 2 cups of whole pearled barley (it really doesn't matter which)
5 cups frozen mixed vegetables
36 oz chopped tomatoes (I used 1 and 1/3 of the boxes of Pomi chopped tomatoes)
3 Tbsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp fresh cracked pepper
2 Tbsp onion powder
Put everything EXCEPT CHOPPED TURKEY in the pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for an hour. Add meat and warm through.