Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Let's Talk Turkey
When it comes to meat or poultry, turkey is the best bargain you can get all year. I don't know what your prices are this month but I am assuming they are cheaper than any other time of the year for this meat.
I have been paying $ .99 a lb. for Butterball turkeys and $ .48 a lb. for Top's Premium turkeys. Wegman's is the same price as Top's in my area. The Butterball ones I do not have to spend a certain amount to get that price. To get the Top's or Wegman's price, you have to spend a minimum of $ 25.00 on groceries.
So far I have purchased 3 turkeys this month. One is hiding in the bottom. The Butterball was 19.6 lbs. at $ .99 a lb which cost me $19.40. The Top's turkeys were 15.99 lbs. and 21.78 lbs. at $ .48 a lb which cost me a total of $ 18.13. So far I have spent $ 37.53 on turkey and have 57.37 lbs. of turkey. These cost me a total of $ 65. a lb. If I had only purchased Top's turkeys it would have been just $ .48 a lb for all of that meat. But I chose to buy the Butterball for Thanksgiving. I do plan on taking the Butterball out to thaw on Saturday. So I will be getting one more large turkey at Top's on that day. That will give me 3 extra turkeys to cook over the winter or next fall. Plus I already have about 10 lbs. of turkey leftovers from the one I cooked this past Sunday in my upstairs freezer.
I don't know of any other meat, poultry, or fish that you can buy that cheaply to feed your family. Hot dogs on sale cost me a $1.00 a lb. We rarely have these because I don't like them. But I do keep a few packages on hand for Hubby because he does. The cheapest I have ever found chicken thighs is $ .88 a lb.
Granted the actual turkey meat costs more than the per pound price because of the turkey carcass. But the larger the turkey you buy, the more meat per bone is on the turkey. I make sure that we use every ounce of meat. We make many meals from the turkey using the leftovers in different meals plus sandwiches for both dinners and lunches.
We use our meat slicer to slice the turkey breasts nice and thin for both our hot and cold sandwiches. I don't buy turkey breast for sandwiches at the deli but I have seen prices that run about $ 6.00 to $ 8.00 per lb. Yikes! It is so much cheaper to slice up one of the turkey's breasts and food saver and freeze it in portions for sandwich meat. It tastes just as good as the day you packaged it when you pull it out of the freezer and thaw it. I will do the work to save over $5.00+ a lb.
The last bits of turkey are used to make soup. I cook up the nicely browned skin and the carcass to get lots of turkey broth. I freeze that broth in quart portions to use for soup and other recipes during the year. Soup is easy and cheap. Just add diced celery, sliced carrots, some corn kernels, turkey bits and some rice or noodles to your broth. Add whatever spices you want and simmer. YUM! We had a bowl last night.
We have some favorite meals that we love for leftovers. Besides eating a turkey dinner for leftovers we make hot and cold sandwiches. We also make a stuffing and turkey casserole using leftover stuffing, turkey and gravy. Just put it in a 9x13 dish and bake it until it is heated through. Put the turkey on the bottom with some gravy so it doesn't dry out.
We also make turkey pot pies with chunks of turkey, celery, carrots and corn in a turkey gravy or cream of chicken soup. I just make my own pie crust. Sometimes I make them like a pie and sometimes the mixture is in a casserole dish with a crust just on top. You can make them ahead and freeze them, Just pull out to bake on a day that you are rushed.
There is one favorite sandwich that I make which is grilled turkey, tomato and swiss cheese on rye bread. It is so good.
You can use turkey leftovers all year in place of almost any chicken recipe. I use it in stir fries, turkey tetrazzini, turkey ala king, turkey enchiladas, turkey, celery, mandarin orange and mayo salad or macaroni and turkey salad, tortilla and taco soups, etc. I am sure you have many favorite dishes that you can use it in.
So if you have the room, get a few extra turkeys and use them over the next year. Turkey is so healthy and versatile. If you don't have a lot of room, cook those turkeys and package and freeze the meat for future meals.
This is a no brainer when it comes to cutting your annual meat costs.
Are you buying extra turkeys this year? What price per lb.are you buying them at? Do you throw them in the deep freeze or cook them all and freeze the meat in portions? Do you have any easy recipes that I haven't mentioned? Please share with us in the comments. Curious minds want to know.