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Mashed Potato —-Pancakes—-

Do you have extra mashed potatoes you do not know what to do with, but you do not want to throw them away?  I created a recipe that uses per cup portions so that it is easier for you to use whatever amount of leftovers you have. I recently made a batch using 7 cups of mashed potatoes and the kids really enjoyed them. They put ketchup on them or sour cream. Some of my kids ate them plain. You could make them with eggs or like I did, just make them the whole breakfast like you would with pancakes.

Don’t they look appetizing?
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons milk per cup of mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg per cup of mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup flour per cup of mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Butter to fry them in

Mix together the mashed potatoes, milk, flour, and salt.  If the leftover mashed potato are a little dry you may need to add a little more milk. Heat the frying pan. Melt 2 teaspoons of butter in the pan, then drop large spoonfuls into the heated pan. Flip the cakes once they are lightly browned. Brown them on the other side and remove from the pan.

Mixing the ingredients.

Keep adding a little butter to the pan or vegetable oil as the pan dries out, when you remove a batch from the pan. Serve them warm. Using what we have instead of running to the grocery store saves money.

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)