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!