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How to Freeze Cooked Thanksgiving Turkey


Looking forward to a nice hot plate of turkey and mashed potatoes on Thursday?  Of course.  Looking forward to having some reheated turkey and half week old mashed potatoes on Sunday?  Well…

I love Thanksgiving leftovers as much as the next person, but after day three, I find myself getting bored. You know how right about late spring/early summer you start wishing for turkey, but don’t want to make the house all hot by running the oven? Here’s my trick to having Thanksgiving turkey outside of the holidays without having to cook the whole bird.

The first rule of thumb is to not gorge out on turkey on Thanksgiving and the days following.  I make a big bird- the biggest I can find and then I portion off the meat for Thanksgiving dinner and two days after. 

The rest of the meat is removed from the bird and put into individual freezer bags with a bit of turkey broth and then placed into a Tupperware container and into the freezer. I go to great lengths to make sure freezer burn won’t touch my turkey.

The frozen meat will last for a couple. BUT- you need to be sure to put broth (1/3 to ½ cup) in each bag of meat because freezing tends to dry out the turkey. The broth will help it keep moist and will act as a baste when the meat is thawing.

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