Friday, November 30, 2012

Still eating turkey

I think I can say raising turkeys this year was a success, even though we did lose some to predators. 

After butchering on the weekend before Thanksgiving we kept a very large turkey (18-20 lbs?) out for our holiday meal.  A meal for just the 2 of us because Adam was staying in the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving.  On Wednesday some friends invited us to join them in their feast so we wouldn't be alone.  Honestly, I don't think I begged or laid on a sob story.  Did I, Phyllis and Tim?  We had a great time celebrating with 2 other families.  It was much more festive than just the 2 of us at home.  The hosts also have a donkey, goats, chickens, ducks and a garden so we share many interests.  Next we're going to turn them on to pigs.  I don't think it's going to take much coaxing.

We decided to cook up our turkey the day before Thanksgiving, have some that night and then freeze some.  It was delicious.  Of course we cooked up the bones to make soup and we also kept some in the refrigerator to make turkey sandwiches.  

Here it is 8 days post Thanksgiving and we're still eating Turkey.  I think we had several different variations of turkey soup 4 nights in a row and also for lunch.  We had a turkey noodle casserole and turkey pot pie, which we're going to finish up tonight.  I'm not tired of it and James is too polite to tell me he's had enough.  Does everyone do this?  I guess it depends on how much you like turkey and how creative you can be with it.   The turkey pot pie was James' idea.  I was beginning to run out of ideas.  I guess we can still do a turkey stir-fry.

It reminds me of summer when zucchini or green beans are the vegetable-of-the-month.  You find many ways to cook it and eat it fresh for as long as you can. 


  1. Turkey divan is a good one. I used to make Chicken Divan frequently to encourage the family to eat more broccoli. We called it Chicken Couch.

  2. We eat turkey until it is gone too but I usually freeze a little turkey soup for a quick meal. Ours isn't home grown though.

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  4. Just saw this post! How exciting to get an honorable mention in your blog! Tim says: "I love pot pies". OUr next rooster dish is decided!

    (And what's up with The Problem, above? Sounds like a robot just hijacked this thread!)

    Phyllis and Tim

  5. Mmmm.... Turkey noodle casserole with lots of tarragon. I love tarragon. Good stuff.

    When we took our turkeys to butcher, hubby apologized that they were so big (largest ended up dressing out at 36#, which is fine by me). Butcher said they weren't that big, and that he'd done some 50+ pounders a few days before. Yikes!! :)