Every year, after the turkey eating holidays, Vince will buy a couple of turkeys on sale. I prefer smallish to medium turkeys. Vince wants the biggest one he can find.
I knew we had a turkey and a turkey breast in the freezer and I wanted to cook the turkey today so we can have it for lunch and then have the breast meat for a lettuce wrap this week. Towards the end of last week, I asked Vince if he knew where a turkey breast in the freezers. He said “There’s a turkey in the fridge freezer in the cat room”, which is also known as the sewing room!
When I went to get it, I could hardly pick it up. I would have sworn it was 40 pounds . . but only 21.44 pounds. I’m not even sure that’s right because that is one huge turkey.
I get so frustrated at him for buying those big birds. They’re hard for me to handle, I have to get something larger than my big roasting pan to accommodate a bird that size. So, I told him . . I only want to cook the breasts. I do not want to deal with a giant turkey.
Then, I calmed down and decided to cook the thighs and legs, pull the meat off the bone, chop it for Rita’s food instead of using ground turkey. I’ll just freeze all that in one pound packages and save a bit of $$ over paying close to $4 per pound for ground turkey.
Once the meat is done, I’ll take it out, then add salt, onions, carrots, bay leaves, etc. to the broth and cook it a little more and make our turkey bone soup, which unfortunately, has carbs/pasta but I’m not letting a whole pot of turkey broth go to waste and I don’t want to put it in the freezer.
The breasts are huge. Are you getting how much I dislike a HUGE turkey?
I’m not sure what we’ll do with all this meat. I may have to change my entire menu plan for the week and have turkey. I thought about subbing it for the chicken in the wraps but I think they need the chicken to be raw and then browned. I’ll figure something out.
One of the breasts I just seasoned, then covered it loosely with foil and stuck it in the oven.
The other one, I stuck several pieces of rosemary in it, then put it on top of a pretty thick bed of rosemary, covered it loosely and stuck it in the oven.
So, we’re fixing to have a heck of a lot of turkey! One thing I may do is put some of the meat in some of the broth and freeze that. I could make turkey and dumplings or turkey and cornbread dressing . . when I’m ready to consume a lot of carbs!
I’m off to search for recipes where I can use some of this meat . . and all I wanted was one little turkey breast to roast! 🙂