Many of us full up on turkey at Thanksgiving and would [refer to wait a little while to eat more of it. Freezing your leftover turkey is a great way to preserve it for use at a later time. This is a guide about freezing leftover turkey.
I usually freeze the turkey in the gravy! That way the turkey stays moist.
By Monica from Pingree Grove, IL
I have discovered that gravy freezes just fine. Never tried before.
I make our own TV dinners so I can control the salt content and avoid other additives. Several times a year, I cook a turkey with all the trimmings. We have dinner for that day and the next and maybe a turkey sandwich.
While the turkey is warm, I slice and debone the entire thing just like I was going to serve it that day, making sure to get every piece of edible meat. Dad gave me some of his Corell plates several years ago. I make up dinner for two on each plate, cover with freezer wrap and freeze.
Whenever we are running late, we can take out a plate, heat it and dinner is ready. I store the leftover cranberry sauce in the freezer also to go with these meals. If there are more in your family, you could freeze in a larger container.
Then I toss the bones and less desirables in the crockpot and cook overnight. I keep the liquid and toss the bones and skin. I then divide the dark meat into several containers and fill with liquid from the crockpot. Now I have the basis for some really good stew or soup. All I have to add are some potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and onions and my husband thinks he is in heaven. Even though he knows I do this in advance, he acts like I have slaved over the stove all day. Such a sweetie.
When you toss the bones etc., into the crock pot, how much liquid do you add? I want to try this.
Good for you, Deanna! When you totally utilize a big bird like that it sure goes a long way. I recently read of a practice in fine French kitchens where the bones are cooked a second time for stock along with the usual onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf and peppercorns. The second stock is strained and then reduced or boiled down to 1/2 to concentrate the flavor. Great idea and so deliciously cheap - I mean frugal!
I have been doing this for years, but I do mine in a stockpot. Just cover the bones with water, small pieces of meat, skin, and onions; carrots; and celery. Simmer all day. The crockpot sounds like a great way to make stock. The broth can be cooked to a much thicker broth than the canned. Also taste is so much better. Even thought you don't slave over the stove all day it's more work than just opening a can. I think you both have a good deal.
Deanna, I love your idea of the whole meal being frozen for later meals. I've been cooking the turkey, separating the meat for lunches and meals, but never w/ the whole meal on a plate or container as my family is larger. Thanks for the great idea. Frugal Freida
What is the best way to freeze leftover turkey for extended periods of time?
My hubby & I freeze everything. Just wrap turkey or stuffing "tightly" in plastic wrap (to remove all air pockets) and then wrap in heavy aluminum foil. Will keep for 6 months!