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Old 11-15-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
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I Beat the System (I think)

While shopping last Saturday, I checked out the price of turkey parts to make turkey stock for stuffing and gravy. The pirates that run the meat department wanted $1.99 a pound for turkey necks, gizzards and wings! I figured Iíd need about three pounds of parts totaling $6.00.

A couple of refrigerated display cases to the left were a whole pile of 10-12 pound frozen turkeys for $0.59 a pound. These turkeys included wings, neck and gizzard along with a whole bunch of other stuff like breasts, thighs and drumsticks along with and entire turkey carcass.

My mission was clear. I bought a whole twelve-pound frozen turkey for a little over the $6.00 I would have spent on the parts alone and itís currently defrosting.

When Iím done with my flashing blades and towering stock pot, Iíll have all the broth I need for Thanksgiving plus two turkey breast halves and two thighs for several future meals (not to mention crispy golden brown turkey skin-yum).


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Old 11-15-2011, 11:49 AM   #2
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Clever. A nice, "Gotcha!"

I finally found out what happens to the fresh turkeys that don't sell, they are flash frozen and put in the freezer case as needed and they sell them cheap (99 cents/pound) throughout the year. These are the smaller turkeys, a couple of them should be good in the freezer.

They also do the same with the fresh ducks and geese, selling for about 10 cents more a pound than the turkeys.
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:58 AM   #3
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Well I will be searching the freezer case for these diamonds in the rough. You can never have enough turkey stock in the freezer. And perhaps a few ducks

Great tip.
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:02 PM   #4
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Excellent price and yes, you did beat the system. You go.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:32 PM   #5
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a turkey and a spare--smart, andy. your turkey bouillon will be a golden dream, your turkey gravy rich and deep, your dressing the bestest ever.... :)
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:09 PM   #6
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Man, that's smart thinking. I never would've thought of that, but you're right. Why buy parts when a whole turkey is cheaper by the pound?

EDIT: I still have a turkey in the freezer that I bought last fall after Thanksgiving for 29 cents a pound. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, since I'm not a big turkey eater, but you've inspired me. It will now be broken down into parts and the carcass will be used to make stock.
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Clever. A nice, "Gotcha!"

I finally found out what happens to the fresh turkeys that don't sell, they are flash frozen and put in the freezer case as needed and they sell them cheap (99 cents/pound) throughout the year. These are the smaller turkeys, a couple of them should be good in the freezer.

They also do the same with the fresh ducks and geese, selling for about 10 cents more a pound than the turkeys.

over the years, i have bought at least forty ducklings for special occasions and holidays. i have never ever ever seen one on sale, and i keep an eye on them pretty good.i will definitely be checking the frozen cases for post-thanksgiving and christmas bargains now though. there's always that first time possibility. sure would be nice, as ducks usually run about $2.80 lb.....
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smaht!
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smaht!

...or at the very least, a tightwad.
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:39 PM   #10
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Don't you have to use it up all at once? Is it OK to thaw, cut into parts and refreeze the meaty parts for later? Or are you only thawing it enough to cut it up? I tried to spatchcock a still partially frozen game hen and it didn't go very well, lol.
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