Sunday, February 24, 2013
I cooked a turkey today. Walmart had them on sale for 60 cents a pound in January, so I got 5 of them. Small-ish ones, too, about 11 to 12 pounds each. The one I cooked today was 11.25 lbs and cost $6.75.
I took the neck and giblets out and cooked them in water, and roasted the rest of the thing. I ate the heart and gizzard this afternoon when they were done, and at the skin off the whole turkey this evening. And in case you're thinking that skin isn't "real" food, that was 71 grams of protein and 143 grams of fat. Which, for those of you interested in the fat fast, comes out to 82% fat. I had another cup or so of scraps as I was taking the meat off the bones, plus the meat from the neck and the wing tips, so call it 3 servings of turkey today. I took the meat off of the bones and put it in one and two cup freezer containers - 10 cups worth. That's 13 "servings" at 1 cup each. Then I put the bones and the stock from cooking the giblets and the juices from the bottom of the oven bag into the crockpot, and I'll end up with half a dozen or so pints of good strong turkey bone broth. Plus another "serving" of meat when I clean the bones off again. So 14 servings for $6.75, or just under 50 cents per serving or cup of meat. Plus half a dozen or so pints of broth which I say cost nothing as they are a by-product of the turkey meat. Not a bad deal! Of course, you don't usually get turkey for 60 cents a pound - or at least I don't - but even at 79 cents a pound (a common holiday price) that's less than 65 cents per cup or serving.