In my family there’s just one rule: Never let an ounce of turkey go to waste!
Afterall, when a roast this enticing only comes around a few times a year, you have to make it count!
In fact, the USDA estimates that with the average cost of food waste in America, we could buy 21 whole turkeys for each person in the country!
But with the abundance of food adorning the Thanksgiving table, we have the optimal opportunity to revamp the leftovers. And there is nothing like a turkey sandwich slathered in real mayo and stuffed with crunchy lettuce to ring in the post festivities!
These are some of my family’s favorite ways to never waste the turkey:
1. Have a heart
- Organ meats (otherwise known as offal) not only enhance the flavour of your roast, they are one of the most nutrient dense superfoods on the planet!
- With an impressive resume, organ meats contain all B-vitamins (particularly B12), are nature’s most concentrated source of vitamin A (in the liver), are a perfect protein source, high in easily absorbable iron and and contain coQ10 for cardiovascular health (so you can run off the weekend’s feast!).
2. Make a “game”plan
- Plan ahead so that you can properly store and prep for the weeks to come. Post-dinner, our turkey heads straight for the fridge where we cover and store it for turkey sandwiches, salads etc.
- After a week, freeze the leftover meat to prevent it from spoiling and thaw it for dishes over the next month. Our turkey never lasts this long (not a chance!) but I imagine with the 27 pound turkey a friend of mine purchased, this is the time to haul out the freeze wrap!
3. Brew bone broth
- Bone broth is packed with all things that counteract a large feast. It is made by boiling bones in water with an acid (such as apple-cider vinegar) and adding (optional) spices, vegetables and herbs for flavouring.
- Its high gelatin, L-glutamine and amino acid content is healing to the digestive system which allows you to reap more nutrients from your food and get the most out of your leftovers.
- Bonus: Illness often encroaches with the shift in seasons and since an approximated 80% of all illness stems from the gut, this healing broth makes the ideal immune-boosting antidote.
4. Stir in a turkey stew
- You can drink your bone broth on its own, or add your turkey meat and a plethora of vegetables to make a hearty turkey soup. We boil a big pot on the stove top and re-heat it over a few days for filling lunches and dinners. This being my personal favourite way to savour the remainder of our roast!