Monday, December 2, 2019


Hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  Back to work today.  

2nd Man's toothache is better but it was hit or miss for a few days.  I will have a post on that coming up with the amazing treatment we found.

Yesterday I went to the grocery store and they had turkeys on clearance. These were small turkeys, about 8.5 lbs each.  They were fresh, not frozen and raised free of hormones and such.  As close to natural as you can get.  

Best of all, I got both for $10.00.

Fresh small turkeys
We figured if we were heating up the oven for one turkey why not do two at the same time?  So yesterday afternoon, we oiled them up and seasoned them with our own farmhouse blend (that's what we call it, ha) of seasonings.

Roasting turkeys
We roasted them for an hour and a half and they came out perfect.  Moist, tender and full of flavor. 

Turkey meat
We took all the meat off the bones, mixed it together and shredded it up.  We measured it all out into about 3 cup portions and them put them into vacuum sealed bags.

Vacuum sealed turkey
We ended up with 6 packages of turkey for the freezer.  They will be used over time for things like turkey pot pie, turkey tetrazzini, and so on.  The taste of Thanksgiving for months to come, ha.

We kind of like the idea of two smaller turkeys, it's the equivalent of one large one and is done in half the time with twice as many legs, wings, breasts, etc.

Anyone have any great recipe ideas using turkey meat?


  1. What came to my mind right away. Make turkey tacos; turkey, in place of chicken for turkey noodle soup, turkey casserole.
    Other ideas;

    1. looks like part of my comment got cut off.
      What came to mind right off was tacos, & in place of chicken, make turkey noodle soup, casserole, or make into turkey salad to put on crackers or make into sandwiches. I do have a great turkey salad recipe that I make quite often for sandwiches. Can use chicken or turkey meat; adding diced celery, onion, mayo, salt & pepper, etc.

  2. Just used some of mine in a shepherd's pie. Layered in a casserole leftover peas, sauteed onions, mushrooms, turkey and gravy and topped the whole thing with mashed potatoes and sprinkled with shredded Parmesan cheese. Baked and it was delish!

    1. We haven't had a shepherd's pie in ages. That sounds lovely. Thanks!

  3. How about turkey in white wine butter sauce with button mushrooms. Turkey fettuccine or on the lighter side turkey with wild rice, mushrooms and carrot medallions. Just replace turkey for chicken in recipes on the internet. I do hope you made turkey gravy.

    1. Yum, now we're hungry, ha. Thanks for this. And oh year, there was gravy!!

  4. What a great deal you got! Now you have the main work done for lots of great meals.

    If you haven’t thrown away the turkey carcasses, use the bones, skin, and drippings to make a delicious Turkey-Rice soup. You can use the bones from either a baked or a smoked turkey. You can also use the bones from fully-cooked smoked turkey legs. Leave some skin and meat on the bones. Use about 6 - 8 leg bones.

    1 - 2 Tablespoons olive oil
    10 ounce pkg. matchstix carrots
    4 stalks of celery, diced
    8 - 10 green onions, with tops, chopped OR 1 medium to large yellow onion, chopped
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    4 - 5 sprigs of parsley, minced
    1 1/2 - 2 tsp. Mrs. Dash seasoning
    3 - 4 chicken bouillon cubes
    2 cups rice, uncooked
    Chives, chopped

    Sauté the carrots, celery, and onions in olive oil until tender.
    Add garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes.
    Put the turkey bones and skin in a 12 - 16-quart soup pot and fill 1/2 - 3/4 with water, making sure the turkey bones are covered with at least 1 inch of water.
    Add the sautéed carrots, celery, onions, and garlic.
    Add the parsley, bouillon cubes, and salt and pepper.
    Cook, covered, until the meat falls off the turkey bones, about 45 minutes - 1 hour.
    Remove the turkey bones to a plate. (Use a “spider” wire-mesh-basket skimmer to make sure you get out all the little bones).
    Add the rice to the soup. Cook, covered, for 20 minutes.
    As the rice is cooking, remove the meat from the bones, and cut into pieces; set aside.
    After the rice is cooked, add the turkey meat back to the soup and stir.
    Garnish with chopped chives. Serve.
    After left-over soup cools down, put into glass quart jars for easy storage in the refrigerator.

    1. Wow, that does sound good. And yep we ket the bones. Will have to try this out. We love anything with rice, ha. Thank you!

  5. I got nothing, but I'll be right over once 2nd Man makes something, haha! Janie V

    1. LOL that made us laugh. Come on, we'll try to have leftovers but no guarantees. ;-)


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