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Turkey Trauma! 
Nov. 24, 2012 10:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 27, 2012 8:13 pm
I roasted my turkey this year on Weds rather than Thurs.  Why, you might ask...  Because we did not have turkey at our annual pot luck "open house" this year.  So, Weds evening we had turkey and all of the trimmings, despite the fact that I really did wish to "empty" the frige's for the pot luck...  OOPS! 

T-Day Italiano came and went extremely well, leaving me with less mess come "black Friday" to deal with than in the last 15 years!  I didn't mind that at all, though I have not yet stripped the table of cloth/placemats, which will no doubt need to be laundered.

My dilemma is, that I began to strip the carcass of meat, and sliced - until I was so bored I just quit!  The reamainder went into my large canning waterbath, and spent a day simmering on the stove top. 

First issue with the huge vat of bubbling concotion, was just what to do with it after the first day...  I certainly did NOT have room in either frige!  I finally decided that if I divided the contents in two, I just MIGHT be able to deal with this!  Half went into my stock pot - broth and meat/bones/skin/veggie remnants, and the other half into my largest slow cooker.  The stock pot went into the "spare" frige, and the crock sat on the counter on "low" all night...  This afternoon I was able to seperate the crock's contents into broth and a large bowl "of the rest," at which time the stock pot went into the oven on "slow cook" setting which is 225F.   I let it go all day...  As I began this post, I thought I was smelling something burning...  dang, there went a BUNCH of turkey stuff!  I removed the stock pot and checked it... all ok afterall!  Made room in the main frige for the bowl of bones & stuff from earlier, so I can put the stock pot into the spare frige overnight...

My Sunday is going to comprise of sorting out all of this turkey stuff and trying to find freezer space for the remnants!  I will end up with many a container of what should be rich turkey broth, and quite a bit of turkey.  Dinner Sunday?  I predict some sort of a l/o turkey casserole...  I'm hoping that I will find that I don't 'need' to go buy a chest freezer, to add to my two refrigerators!  (My good friend Denise has a large chest freezer... I might be able to use some of her space....) 

So, there is my turkey issues in a nutshell.  Today was a nerve wracking mess from beginning to almost end... but that's a subject for another venue.  By the time dinner was ready, I was emotionally drained, fixed a plate which I put in the oven to keep warm, and napped for an hour.  I'm now ready to call it a "night," once I do my obligatory night time "chores."

Till next time, be happy, be healthy, be crazy (or wise, which I finds does well much of the time!)  

I'm too tired to "proof," so I hope that any typo's can be deciphered!
Nov. 25, 2012 4:43 am
I used to just toss that old turkey carcass; less fuss and mess that way. But, in my wise (?) old age I get all I can get off that old bird. Hope you have time to just relax today!
Nov. 25, 2012 6:32 am
Deep breath! For me that is :) My guys can't handle leftovers more than 2 days. Most of the time the old one can't handle that. The young if he likes it will eat the leftovers. So with that being said my fridge is packed and the DH wants enchiladas for dinner. Really! They wanted Turkey dinner and ALL the fixings so who is supposed to eat that? I've learned to only cook a turkey breast because too much gets left. I cut up my carcass and froze it for later being just the breast there is less room to take up and I am always making broths in the winter. Now to deal with everything else. The chickens might be really happy today :) I commiserate entirely with you on your overstuffed fridge and freezer!
Nov. 25, 2012 4:22 pm
There must be a publication somewhere, that provides recipes for leftover turkey. I made turkey hash and that was my last stand. The rest of the bird will be frozen for later meals- much, much later!
Nov. 25, 2012 5:23 pm
jrbaker has this blog about using the leftovers. I think I will use her ideas. ... http://allrecipes.com/cook/1305468/blogentry.aspx?postid=290569
Nov. 26, 2012 8:52 am
Mother Ann, I may well have tossed the carcass (when I was still working...) but I've time now to experiment with this sort of thing! I ended up with 3x32oz containers, 3x16oz containers, and one in between, of the broth. Also didn't need to pick all that meat off the bones till it had been boiled off! Otherwise T-Day is but a memory! Be well!!
Nov. 26, 2012 8:58 am
Cat, lots of l/o's? DH wants enchiladas? Toss turkey meat with red or/ green enchilada sauce, monterey jack cheese, etc! Won't help with mashed spud l/o's, but hey, they'll make a burger shepherd's pie... Today, I'll see just how much of the l/o's I can make "go away" without feeding the trash can (or dogs, or cats...)
Nov. 26, 2012 9:00 am
Mike, good luck with the freezer/leftovers! Thanks for the link, I'm going to check it out, but today I want BEEF! lol Be well!
Nov. 26, 2012 10:02 am
hey stevie, sounds like you had a wonderful thanksgiving, (i haven't been here much)my thanksgiving went off just great only had two slices of turkey left...be well friend....judy
Nov. 27, 2012 8:13 pm
Thanks, Judy! Glad to hear from you.... had me a bit worried that I'd not heard from you for a while. Be well!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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