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Nov 20, 2011 12:48 PM

Turkey for the sandwiches

Since there's just the four of us, we're dining out on Thursday...but, the best part of Thanksgiving for me are the turkey sandwiches the next day. So...I would like to roast off turkey breast for the sake of sandwiches but my brother is a dark meat from the legs kinda guy. Should I just do the breast or try to find a really whole turkey? Opinions? Thanks!

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  1. Turkey legs are usually available this time of year. Check with the meat counter at your super market.

    1. Right now, you can't beat the price of whole turkey. They're practically giving it away! I got a Butterball for $.99/lb and I've seen turkey as cheap as $.59/lb.
      If you have the room to cook a whole turkey and store leftovers, go for it. Heck, this year it's just me and DH and we've got a 10-11 pounder.
      Can not wait to make soup!!

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      1. re: monavano

        Mona, how do you make your soup? I use JO recipe for left over turkey meat and make his leek and turkey pie. But do not have a good recipe for the soup.

        1. re: herby

          Well, I don't have a recipe, but I use the carcass with onions, carrots and celery (at least...perhaps parsnip too) and add water to cover. I simmer with bay leaf and whatever herbs I might have on hand. Thyme and sage work really nicely.
          Just a couple hours of simmering and you have turkey stock. From there, I love a nice turkey vegetable soup. It's such a treat.
          Forgot to add that I usually add a cheap pack of turkey wings or a turkey leg in the pot to make my stock. You know, get some meat in there! And more bones!

      2. Well, if he likes dark and you like white, go for the whole bird. Where I am, they're 29 cents a pound right now so even if you were to throw away the bottom half, a whole bird is much, much cheaper than buying just the breast. Roast the whole thing and everyone wins.

        (Just kidding about throwing away food.... make soup out of anything you don't want to eat straight up....)

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        1. re: acgold7

          Whoa!! That's cheap!
          Again, practically free.
          If you think you're not going to devour it on Turkey Day, just think down the road... turkey a la king and the like.

          1. re: monavano

            Came home with our Ninth and Tenth Turkeys tonight. Most will be given away to those that need them but we will cook two and keep a couple for later. All were acquired for 29 cents per pound and the qualifying purchase was just our regular daily shopping trips. And a little strategy. Sizes have ranged from 13 to 30 pounds.

            I felt really bad tonight... a older lady was in line ahead of us, checking out, buying just a Turkey, identical to ours, and nothing else... and it cost her $1.49 a pound. For an identical bird. She was done and out the door before I could tell her to just wait a minute and we'd give her ours.... ours was five dollars and hers was eighteen. I mean, we're going to give our birds away anyway but we could have done it right then and there. Damn.

        2. This is one of the only times of year when you can find turkey thighs packaged separately, so perhaps you can cook two of them along with your turkey breast so everyone is happy.

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          1. re: Terrie H.

            It is SO much cheaper tho, to do a whole turkey; in the PNW area, turkeys are running more like 59-.99 with a minimum purchase of $50, but turkey breast is 2.99 lb., and turkey thighs were 2.49 a lb. when I checked mid-week this last week.
            I am going elsewhere for T-day this year, but am buying a turkey tomorrow to cook friday for just those 'leftover' goodies!
            Love's me a turkey sandwich on swirl rye bread with mayo, dijjon and cranberry sauce. YUM!

            1. re: gingershelley

              It is certainly cheaper per pound to buy the whole turkey, and it is great for those of us who love to use the whole bird for meals, sandwiches, leftovers and soup. I love turkey soup almost as much as the sandwiches (almost!). But should the OP not want to go that route and just do meat for sandwiches, a breast and a couple of thighs might work.

              1. re: gingershelley

                Best deal in our (PNW) area: Top Foods -- .29 w/ $25 purchase. Next best, Albertson's @ .31 w/$50. QFC is .39 w/$25 and Safeway has a sliding scale, .59 w/$50, .39 w/$100 or free w/$150.

                Top Foods also takes the crown for starting their sale prices a week early.

                Funny thing is, supermarket frozen type Turkeys aren't even really grown in our area. Closest ones are from Utah and Iowa.

                Yes, I'm a bit obsessive about Turkey.

                Note: anybody buying a frozen whole bird at this point better be thinking about defrosting in the sink, not in the fridge....