How to Freeze Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey
So much turkey! I don't know why I think buying the biggest turkey I can find is a great idea year after year, but for some silly reason, I do.
Thanksgiving in my house is a small affair with just me, my husband, and our toddler and yet I faithfully buy the biggest turkey I can find with the idea that I'll put on stretchy pants and feast on turkey, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes to my little heart's content. Which turns out lasts only about two days after Thanksgiving.
I don't know about you, but I'm at the point of throwing up my hands and saying, "no more and Thanksgiving was only yesterday! My dose of Thanksgiving turkey usually holds my turkey cravings at bay for a few months, but without fail, late spring/early summer rolls around and I find myself wanting it again, but making the house all hot by cooking a full bird doesn't sound appetizing.
If you've got leftover turkey, there's a simple way for you to save it for later- like in the spring when the craving for turkey strikes. Put whatever turkey you've got leftover into individual freezer bags with a bit of turkey broth and then place into a Tupperware container and pop right into the freezer. You don't have to do the extra step of putting the bag into a Tupperware container unless you really want to make sure to hold freezer burn at bay.
The frozen meat will last for a couple months (you should try to eat it within around five months). But there's a big catch to making sure you properly store and freeze your leftover Thanksgiving turkey- 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. If you want your turkey to last even longer, do what I did and invest in a FoodSaver. Seriously, the best kitchen investment I've made in years.
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!