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5 Ways to Get The Most out of Your Thanksgiving Dinner

5 Ways to Get The Most out of Your Thanksgiving Dinner

I hate wasting food. Hate it. We work hard for our money, we make sure we make wise choices to get the most out of our grocery budget, so the very last thing I want to do is throw food away. I hate that.

Generally speaking, I work really hard to avoid throwing away food. Especially with a big meal, like Thanksgiving, I’m always ont he look out for ways to make sure all those leftovers do not go to waste. Let’s be honest, there is only so many ways to eat leftovers! Here are a few ways I’m making sure we don’t waste food.

1. Sweet Potato Casserole Biscuits

I’m taking my Sweet Potato Casserole and turning them into biscuits. It’s a delicious way to use up that sweet potato casserole and BONUS! Breaksfast is easily served. I used this recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits and just subbed the Sweet Potato Casserole for the Sweet Potato Biscuits. It worked like a charm! If your Sweet Potato Casserole has a marshmallow topping, just scrap that part off. Also, Sweet Potato Biscuits freeze really well! So, you can easily make easy breakfast options! (Depending on the size of the biscuit cutter or glass cup you use to cut the biscuits, you can easily have 9-20 biscuits per recipe!)

2. Turkey Carcass and Ham Bone

This is a two-for-one tip! Before you throw that Turkey carcass out, boil it in water to make turkey broth. I let mine boil for 40-50 minutes, then I removed the bones, let the broth cool completely (I tucked the boneless broth still in the large pot in the fridge overnight) and put it into the freezer. I now have two half-gallon bags of turkey broth in the freezer.

After I cut the ham away from the bone, I threw the ham bone into the freezer.

Between the ham bone and turkey broth, I know I can make 3 future meals with them (this is from ONE Thanksgiving Dinner!!).

3. Extra Turkey/Ham/Thanksgiving Meat

Between the turkey and ham, we had way more meat than we can eat before it goes bad, so I divided the turkey and ham up. Half of both the turkey and ham went back to the fridge for the rest of the weekend. The other halves went into the freezer

Are you keeping track? Now, I have enough meat for 2 future meals.

4. Extra pies

We’ve been munching away at extra pies, and while this is a fun treat, we have more pie than we should eat. So, I threw one of our whole pies into the freezer. Now, I have an extra dessert for a future meal or family picnic!

5. If you have extra leftovers and you are OVER Thanksgiving food, reinvent those leftovers!

Make these yummy Turkey Sliders. How about Shepherd’s Pie? What about a quiche with that broccoli casserole? You could easily freeze all these recipes for future meals that only need to be defrosted.

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