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During Thanksgiving time is the best time to buy turkeys because they are so cheap, about $7-8 (turkey breast alone is sold for that price). I have an extra little freezer in another room and I fill it with turkeys that i have bought (about 10) during the thanksgiving sales. I let them defrost a bit and I chop them up into smaller manageable sizes for uses throughout the year. The bones do not get discarded until I have cooked them in a crock pot for about 8-10 hours making my own inexpensive turkey broth.

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With the buying of my own whole turkey, I get lots of cuts of turkey, broth and smaller bits of turkey that I combine into other foods like 1 pot dinners, soups or the filling out of other recipes (because the piece are too small for a meal on their own). I spend a bit more for the turkey sales but i save in the long run throughout the year in buying turkey.

By soyzick from Chinatown, HI

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November 24, 20080 found this helpful

If you ask alot of times the meat dept will cut your turkey in half for you when you buy it.

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November 19, 20090 found this helpful

This is my favorite tip. Have the butcher cut the turkey in half while frozen. Re wrap well and it's a great way to enjoy the bird, and not be eating it for weeks to come. This can be done for a fresh bird too. Remember if it's frozen to begin with don't make a dish with left overs and freeze it.

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