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Turkey Leftovers - Don't Throw The Skin Away

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jerry i h Nov 28, 2008 05:48 PM

Just caught someone, whom I otherwise respect for their gourmet accumen, about to toss away the skin while making a turkey leftover sandwich. Stop It! Yeah, I know, the skin is heavenly when freshly cooked, but icky and leathery the next day as leftovers.
Just take the skin, put 'em into a medium oven for 10-15 minutes until they are nice and crispy crunchy again. Use these to top those leftover sandwiches along with the swiss cheese. And do not forget to add a bit of salt to the cold turkey.
Suggest you go through the leftover turkey and pull all the skin, and save them in a separate container, ready for a refresh for sandwiches.

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    Kelli2006 RE: jerry i h Nov 28, 2008 06:11 PM

    Turkey skin in my family has always been a delicacy, and it usually doesn't make it to the dinner table because people snack on it while turkey as it is resting.

    1. greygarious RE: jerry i h Nov 28, 2008 06:30 PM

      Amen! I am in general appalled by all the questions on this board about whether this or that can be frozen, or refrigerated for a few days, and the like. Unless you've frozen it for years, or burned it, or left something very perishable unrefrigerated overnight, or it's bubbling or moldy, it can probably be salvaged. It seems as though an awful lot of food is going to waste. If you are throwing food out on a regular basis, you are burning money.

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        emmisme RE: jerry i h Nov 29, 2008 08:57 AM

        That's exactly what I did when I was cuttting up the carcass for soup. Baked the skin in the toaster oven and had it with vinegar dipping sauce and rice.

        1. chicgail RE: jerry i h Nov 29, 2008 09:01 AM

          We usually put it in the microwave on a paper towel for 30-60 seconds, crisp it up and eat it as a snack. Almost like bacon. yum. I like the idea of adding cripsies to sandwiches though.

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