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How to Freeze Cooked Thanksgiving Turkey


This time last week our mouths were watering at the thought of a hot plate of turkey and mashed potatoes. But the thought of having some reheated turkey and five day old mashed potatoes today?  Well…

I love Thanksgiving leftovers as much as the next person, but at about 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.

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. If you couldn’t tell, I go to great lengths to make sure freezer burn won’t touch my turkey.

The frozen meat will last for a couple months. 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.

When you’re ready to re-live Thanksgiving in the spring, just pull out a bag of turkey and let it defrost in the fridge. Then heat, and eat!

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