Thanksgiving Day Leftover Turkey

Have you used most of the meat from your turkey?  Have you enjoyed many bites of succulent fowl? There is still value in that turkey carcass, so do not throw it away yet.

After you have eaten Thanksgiving dinner and after you have gotten most of the meat off to make ‘Turkey-a-la King’ or whatever dish you make with leftover turkey, there is still value in that bird. Get out your soup pot and place in it all that is left: the bones, the tiny pieces of meat and the cooked juices on the bottom of the pan. Cover it all with water or to within two inches of the top of the pot, if it sticks out of the pot. Put a lid on the pot and turn on the heat. If the lid does not fit, just turn on the heat, soon it will cook down and fit. Let the mixture simmer. There are two benefits to this process. One is you will be adding moisture to the cool, dry air. The second is you will be getting the nutrition and nourishment that is left in your turkey.

The bones will cook down. Any leftover meat will be rejuvenated. After the bones have cooked down, remove some of the bones and set them aside. Put the pot in the refrigerator to cool.

After the pot has cooled, the white fat will have collected on top. Carefully scrape off the fat and either discard it or you could add it to your pet’s food for a treat. After removing the fat, strain the broth you made. If the broth has gelled, that is awesome because that means you have gotten the nutrition out of the bones. Good job!

Pick the bones out of the broth. Return the meat to the broth and add vegetables to make a soup. In order to not waste a particle of that leftover turkey, if you have bushes in your yard, dig a hole and bury the remaining bones, tendons and cartilage. The remains will slowly break down over time to add calcium and other nutrients to the soil. We bury our leftover bones by our fruit trees. Remember diligence is man’s precious possession!(Proverbs 12:27)