The holiday feast was a success, but your fridge is filled to the brim with leftovers. Once again, you find yourself with extra food you don’t want to waste. How will you serve up the leftovers without attempting to repeat Thanksgiving dinner? Luckily, roast turkey is simple to store and easy to reheat. Whether you dice it, chop it, shred it or freeze it, here are some whole new ways to use those top-shelf leftovers.
KEEPIN’ IT FRESH
From traditional meals to creative dishes, leftover Thanksgiving turkey can be prepped for reuse in a variety of ways. But before you go picking meat off the carcass, it’s good to have a game plan in mind. The way you prep your meat will determine the best way to recook and reuse it. Don’t know what you want to do with it just yet? Use these four ideas for prep, storage and mealtime planning to enjoy those extras in dozens of delicious ways.
Cut turkey into bite-size chunks and use it in everything from breakfast dishes to dinner casseroles. Since the white meat can be pulled from the carcass in larger pieces, diced meat works best when cut from the breast.
- How to Store: Once the white meat has been cut into small cubes, refrigerate in small airtight containers like the PYREX® PREMIUM™ 6 PC VALUE PACK. When it’s time to use your diced turkey, you’ll have single-size servings ready to go. As with all Pyrex® Premium™ products, the lids are silicone and glass, so you can store and reheat leftovers in a microwave or conventional oven—even with the lid if needed!
- Perfect for: Diced turkey is ideal for turkey omelets. Or, toss it with diced potatoes and make turkey hash for breakfast. Add diced meat to one of these unique soup recipes or use it in a homemade salad bar.
Shredding dark meat puts a twist on turkey, turning it into flavorful bites of unexpected texture. Shredded meat is easy to infuse with new flavors, since it holds up well to saucing and slow cooking. To prep, pull large pieces from the warm turkey, place on a plate and shred by pulling the meat apart with two forks.
- How to Store: Keep shredded turkey fresh until you need it in a PYREX® PREMIUM™ 4-CUP ROUND STORAGE DISH W/ RED LID. It can be saved in the fridge for up to 3 days, or frozen for 4 to 6 months in any Pyrex® storage container—not only fridge and oven-safe, they’re freezer-safe, too!
- Perfect for: When you’re craving home-style BBQ, put your leftover turkey in a slow cooker for a fab Shredded Turkey Barbecue Sandwich. Stir shredded meat into slaw or salad. Or toss it with chipotle-style salsa and serve in corn tortillas for DIY street tacos.
Finely chop white and/or dark meat with an extra-sharp knife and you’ll have a great swap for ground turkey. This prep method is perfect for using up final turkey scraps, so nothing goes to waste.
- How to Store: Leftovers stay freshest when stored in a container that fits. Too big, and your meat will still be exposed to airy space. So, grab a small to medium storage container like the PYREX® PREMIUM™ 2-CUP ROUND STORAGE DISH W/ RED LID, pop the airtight lid on and store in the fridge, knowing your meat will be fresh and tasty whenever you’re ready to reheat.
- Perfect for: Use chopped turkey in any recipe that calls for ground turkey, ground chicken or ground beef—stir it into chili, make a turkey salad sandwich or try this Four-Cheese Roasted Bell Pepper and Turkey Lasagna.
If you’re not ready to reuse that turkey quite yet, no problem! Pull the meat from the bone, leaving it in large pieces for freezing. You can always chop, dice or shred thawed meat once you know what you want to cook for dinner.
- How to Store: Keep meat fresh for months in the PYREX® PREMIUM™ 6-PC STORAGE SET. With 2-, 4- and 7-cup round storage containers, you’ll be able to freeze a variety of serving sizes for all sorts of favorite recipes. When stored in an airtight container, turkey can be safely frozen for up to 6 months.
- Perfect for: Last-minute meal prep is easy when you have frozen turkey on hand. Simply place your Pyrex containers in the fridge overnight to thaw, or remove the lid and defrost in the microwave. Be careful not to overcook! Defrosting for too long can dry out the turkey. Pull it from the microwave as soon as it’s soft enough to chop. Then prepare in any of the above mentioned ways, cook and enjoy.
There are dozens of recipes you can make with precooked turkey, but what you do with the leftovers will dictate how you prep and store the extras. Whether you plan to turn your bird into omelets or enchiladas, soup or a casserole, Pyrex containers make it easy to make the most of your post-feast eats. Safe for the microwave, fridge, freezer and oven, these classic glass containers are the one-bowl-fits-all option for your one-bird-makes-a-bunch leftover menu making.
- Serve It Up Casserole Style. Turn that turkey into a party-size dish. Your guests will have no idea they’re eating leftovers! This Wild Rice and Turkey Casserole is a delicious way to create a comforting, rich-tasting meal.
- Mark Up Your Menu. Label your leftovers to ensure you’ll have enough to make dinner. If you want a pound of meat for soup tomorrow, throw it in a container and mark it as claimed so no one accidentally turns it into a sandwich.
- Take Stock of It. Fight the food coma and take a moment to throw those turkey bones into the slow cooker with some carrots, onion, celery and herbs for an overnight simmer. Strain the broth in the a.m., then freeze in small batches. It’s an easy way to have savory stock ready to go for soups, sauces, gravies or stews.