The Economical Frozen Turkey

PICTURE HEAVY: I totally forgot to post this until today. The turkey was thawed and cooked more than a month ago.

I finally got around to cooking one of the two turkeys in my freezer. Since it was bought frozen ($12 CDN for 12 lbs), it was thawed, broken down and cooked so that the results could be refrozen to extend their use and so that I wouldn’t be eating turkey for ten days straight. It was a lot of work over several days but the results were worth it, I think.

The traditional turkey plate – Roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes with home made gravy, home made cranberry sauce and salad with sun-dried tomato dressing (by Kraft)

The Details

1. Breasts (boned out)
– one of the breasts and the two tenderloins were cut into 11 cutlets
– the second breast was seasoned with salt and pepper, drizzled with olive oil and roasted

Turkey cutlets

Roasted boneless turkey breast

2. Wings (barring the tips) separated into two, drumsticks
– marinated overnight in VHS honey garlic marinade and roasted

3. Thighs (boned out)
– ground up with trimmings from the turkey carcasse to produce 6 x ~95 gm patties

Turkey patty served on home made enriched buns

4. Carcass, along with the turkey neck and the heart
– turned into 22 cups of stock and ~400gm picked meat, 4 cups and about 100gm of the meat, plus the heart, were used for matzoh ball soup

5. Liver
– sliced, sauteed in butter and served on sourdough bread


10 thoughts on “The Economical Frozen Turkey

      1. “… keeping my meat moist.” LOL

        As with all lean meats, if you don’t over cook the breast, it won’t dry out. That’s why I like to separate the white and dark portions of the meat. And boneless turkey breast roll-ups are moist esp if you wrap them up in the skin or bacon strips with skinless breast.

  1. That is a great price for turkey, good for you for being so resourceful and creative. I would be intimidated buying such a large beast for the two of us! The meals you made look good and tasty.

    1. Thank you for your kind and generous comment. However, there are only a few items that I do this for, mainly proteins. There are so many more knowledgeable bloggers out there including The Frugal Hausfrau.

      1. I think you don’t give yourself enough credit as I’ve been following your cooking for years. Yes there are other bloggers, including Frugal, that I follow but you still are inspiring. 🙂

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