One of my favorite things about this time of year is the turkey prices! I just bought 4 – 20 pound turkeys because they were only $.37 per pound!! When you live keto, your biggest expense is protein and fat! Especially protein…it is always costly! Take advantage of these prices! What do I do with so much turkey? I’m so glad that you asked!First, I eat some!! After that, you have several options. One of my favorites is to can it. I realize that not everyone is a fan of canning, but I gotta tell ya’…there is nothing easier after a long day, then having a mason jar full of yummy turkey in gravy already there to pop open, heat up and eat! You can eat it right out of the jar or put it on a salad. You can add some broth and your favorite spices to your turkey for a warm, comforting bowl of soup in the winter. In the summer you can add mayo, onion, celery and avocado for a refreshing turkey salad! Canning isn’t as difficult as you may think! If there is enough interest, I can go over this in another post. The point is, in our busy lives, convenience can sometimes be the difference between success and failure! It is well worth it to take a Saturday or Sunday and can a few turkeys to have the comfort of knowing that you have healthy keto options on hand at all times! If you have zero desire to learn the skill of canning, then freezing turkey is a good option as well. However, please hear this; if you choose freezing, don’t just leave your turkeys whole in the freezer, thinking that you will use them later. Most likely, you will not. Go ahead and fix your turkeys any way that you prefer. After they are baked, you have a couple of options. Debone and freeze it in dinner and lunch portions so you have it on hand for recipes. Make casseroles ahead of time and freeze them for later use. Any keto casserole that calls for chicken can be replaced with turkey. Casseroles are always helpful to have on hand for convenient dinners. Lastly, I want to mention bone broth. There is nothing healthier than bone broth for all of us. Full of essential minerals, it is worth its weight in gold. If you don’t already make your own, I urge you to try! The best way to make a good bone broth is to collect all of the turkey bones into a large stockpot or crockpot, add some Apple Cider Vinegar, water, celery, onion, garlic, pepper and tumeric. Cook low and slow for 24-48 hours. When the time has expired, strain your broth and proceed to freeze it or can it. It can be used as a base for all of your soups and stews or as a cure for that “keto flu” you might experience in the beginning.
Make this the year that you take advantage of those great turkey prices! Use them to stock your freezer or pantry and to prepare yourself for success. Not only will this help you be a keto success story, it will save you a lot of money and some time as well! Happy Turkey Month!