Saturday, November 22, 2008

Green Up Saturday!

I have been trying to post a green up tip every other Saturday.
This week I would like to talk about some options for Thanksgiving.
If you are hosting this year, why not ask your guests to bring their own
leftover containers so less food gets wasted. We all know most people don't actually eat the leftovers.
We are not most people.If my peeps baulk at eating it again, I freeze and serve at a later date.
Don't forget to use that turkey carcass..I mean if you're going to kill it,
make good use of it! I hate seeing people just toss out those bones!My Mom used to have a soup pot
ready for that turkey carcass right after dinner. She just set it aside early in the morning.
As soon as the meat was picked off the bone, she tossed her veg scraps (end of the celery,carrots and onions) along with the bones into some water to
cook. She would strain all the liquid out and add any leftover
carrots etc to it for the finished soup or she would cut up more onions,celery,carrots etc and saute a bit before adding to soup.I make mine like she did using whatever is on hand for the soup.It may vary from year to year, but it's always good.We always had soup the next day with sandwiches for dinner after spending the day while decorating the house for Christmas and baking cookies.It was one of those rare days off for my Mom, and we enjoyed it a lot.We never raced to the mall that weekend, it was about being together and listening to holiday music and baking and generally having fun.Must have been all those feel good chems from the turkey! ;-)
I still love the smell of turkey soup simmering. If you are really organized and can have it cooking up while
your company is still there, they can all take some home for the next day, and you won't get stuck with a billion gallons of it in your freezer! ;-) I like having some in the freezer to use all during the winter, but not everyone likes turkey soup as much as I do. OK, I'll step off my soapbox (or is that soup box ?) now.
You probably need to run to the food store.....


Chawksgirl4ever said...

oooh that turkey soup sounds so good. I make some every year also. I cant wait for it!

zilla said...

Mmm. I have a stock pot full of chicken bones and scraps on the porch, ready to put on the stove this morning. I'm making chicken stock today. It'll be frozen before I start the turkey. The one thing I love about living up north is that by mid-November I can store food on the 3-season porch!

Another tip: consider a free-range turkey, and buy the biggest bird your oven can handle. The cost for free-range here is almost twice per pound compared to a frozen store-brand factory-raised bird, but even then I think it's a steal for what you can get out of it with a little extra effort!

Cher Mere said...

there are people who don't eat all their leftovers?? what?? why?? Can I have theirs??

Poppy and Mei said...

Hahahaha! I'm with Cher Mere! XXxx

So Smrt said...

I know I'm a little late on this one, but heehee. You'd be so proud of my husband. I was away for Thanksgiving, and he brought the kids to his brother's house. He couldn't bear to see them throw out the turkey frame, so he gathered up all of the carved up bones and put them in a plastic bag and brought them home. When I came back I found them in the freezer, just waiting for me! The next day I rewarded him with a GREAT smelling house. :)

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