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By Linda L from Vista, CA
Along comes the great turkey prices to draw you into the store to buy other things. So I stock the freezer up on turkeys. When I can spend $.39 lb instead of $1.39 lb, I can find room!
Also, I will partial thaw in the fridge, then open the turkey and cut it up like chicken, and quickly refreeze the drumettes, drums, breasts, thighs and then backs (for stock) in packages to use.
When cooking for the holiday, I fix the turkey(s) the week before, slice off white/dark meat into certain tupperware that fit my large crockpots and then pour over canned broth, toss into freezer and it is ready to go. I take out to thaw in fridge day before needing it, morning of, tip out into crockpots, put on high, all juice included, and have the most delicious moist turkey.
By Grandma J
Save time and money with turkey. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas, turkeys are on sale so buy an extra 20 lb. one at each holiday and freeze it. Big turkeys have a larger ratio of meat to bone than small ones.
I realize that prices in everything have gone through the roof but if you can buy an additional turkey while prices are relatively reduced for the upcoming Thanksgiving, it will be to your advantage later on. Have the butcher cut your turkey in half (lengthwise) and when you get it home wrap each half in freezer paper and you will have the beginnings of two meals in case the weather gets bad and you can't get out to shop.
As cheap as turkeys are now (47 cents lb), buy 2. Cook and serve one and have the butcher cut one on his saw to freeze for later in the year. Ask him to wrap halves separately. Frozen turkey is good for about a year. Of course, you do need freezer space.