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Old 02-21-2011, 05:17 PM   #11
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I've still got a ham bone w/extra meat and two quart packages of the sherry pork from the same ham. It was a while ago.

Now that I've got the freezer cleaned up a bit, I can make a batch of baby limas with the meaty bone. I usually end up with a couple of containers for the freezer, but now I have room.

I'm going back to the grocery store on Tuesday and I'm getting that turkey. I have lots of bread heels and such saved for a nice big batch of homemade stuffing, and that will open up a bunch of room in the freezer.
When you finally get that turkey, and it comes back out of the freezer and into the oven, we are all coming over!
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:31 PM   #12
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We decided that tonight we are going to warm up a whole whackload of leftovers and make it a buffet. :D
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:37 PM   #13
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Tonight will be fried rice. I made a stir fry earlier this week, and will just combine it with the rice.

But I'm mad at myself for suggesting it; I really don't feel like cooking. But it will only be a few seconds, so no big deal.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:07 PM   #14
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When you finally get that turkey, and it comes back out of the freezer and into the oven, we are all coming over!
I'm not putting it in the freezer. Defrosting in the fridge. I'm starved for turkey. I might even have to give the defrosting a boost if I just can't wait.

You are welcome to come, of course.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:49 AM   #15
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The turkey is nearly thawed, so I managed to get the giblets out (plus a package of gravy that I'll save that for another time).

The celery and onions are done and the giblets are simmering. Next is to dice up the bread for the stuffing. If all the heels and stale bread isn't enough, I have a gorgeous French bread loaf I can add to it.

I'm taking it very slowly as my back is doing some serious threatening and I've been getting electric shocks from my neck down. My OTC cocktail that worked for my toothache, is helping.

I've never brined, and have always had excellent results, so I'm not going to change anything about my method. Since I learned my Thanksgiving from my Betty Crocker cookbook (Right, Kayelle?), I have never had a less than perfect bird.

One leftover dish I created was just to layer the meal in my loaf pan: mashed potatoes, diced turkey, gravy, green beans, more turkey, gravy, stuffing on top. Heavenly!

The last turkey I made was over 2 years ago. I paid for my room & board by supplying the food using my food stamps, and my cooking skills, for a crazy Vet, so I made it my goal to come up with new ideas. He hated having me there and was often abusive, but I hung in so I could get my Social Security. I had a place lined up for my first deposit and managed to move out about 3 weeks early. Mutual friends told me all he could talk about was that I had left! I guess he quickly was reminded he couldn't cook! The upshot is that I created some really Keeper recipes and am finally about to use them.

I've really missed having leftover turkey available in the freezer, and will probably cook another one when I run out.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:32 PM   #16
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Just thought I would bump this up to find out what folks are using up and how they are using it. I try hard not to have leftovers in the house but when I do I like to make something totally new from them. Right now I have some leftover spaghetti noodles which will become a pasta salad (alnother great way to use stuff up) and some mashed potatoes and ham steaks. I haven't figured out what I am going to do with them yet. Maybe I'll do some duchess potatoes but the ham is going to require some extra thought.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:34 AM   #17
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When I have left over home made saltbeef/cornbeef or turkey I make my take on the cornish pasty.

Pastry, I make a suet crust but using plain flour, then roll it thinly.
Filing, cubes of meat (tip if your left over meat is a bit dry, place it in a seive and steam over boiling water) cubes of potato,carrot, swede and onion, salt and pepper. I like to sweat the veg in butter for 5 mins cool then mix with the meat.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:53 AM   #18
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I roasted a 12.34# turkey the other day. It yielded:

2 pkgs. breast meat
2 thighs
2 drumsticks
2 wings
3 two cup containers of turkey stock

Plus I made the rest of the package of Wild Rice Brown Rice Blend. I used turkey stock and water to make the rice.

That yielded:

3 quart size zip bags full

I've gone through my recipe box and pulled the chicken recipes because I never write up another card for turkey. I love making old favorites with the turkey for a different taste.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:16 AM   #19
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I have some leftover ham that I will be adding to my white bean and mustard greens soup later today.
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I made a combo hash from last nights vaca frita and put fried eggs on top for breakfast. Lots of left overs so I'm set for breakfast the next few days.

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