No, it isn’t Thanksgiving but I cooked a turkey today. Why? Simply because I wanted to save some money. I cooked a 12 pound turkey just to be able to divide the meat to freeze and use later in meals. You can use turkey in just about any meal you would use chicken in and a lot of meals that you would normally use hamburger. Have a lot of box meals on the shelf from when they were on sale for $1.00 each if you bought 10? Why not use turkey in them instead of hamburger. It tastes good and it is cheaper.
When I am figuring out if I can afford something at the grocery store I usually decide by figuring out how many meals I will be able to get out of the purchase and the price per meal instead of the price per pound. It is very hard but I try not to go over $2.50 per meal for meat. I can just make it with the hamburger in the 10 pound pack at Walmart getting 12 packs of cooked hamburger out of every roll. A chicken has been costing me about $6.00 lately (unless I can find one with a yellow sticker cheaper) and I get 3 meals out of a cooked chicken so it usually costs about $2.17 a meal.
The turkey varies in price depending on the time of the year. If you can get it on sale around Thanksgiving and cook it up and save it, you can really get it cheap. But even if it isn’t around the holiday, turkey is cheap. I got this turkey from my daughter for free so I really came ahead (I offered to share the meat after I cooked it but she said they wouldn’t eat it). If I had to buy this turkey at .99 per pound for 12 pounds and I got 8 meals out of it that would come to only $1.49 per meal. I just don’t know what other kind of meat I could buy any cheaper except maybe generic hot dogs. So next time you see turkey on sale for .58 or .68 per pound be sure to buy several and cook them up to use in meals. (At .68 per pound a 12 pound turkey getting 8 meals out of it would cost only $1.02 per meal.) You can store cooked turkey in the freezer for 4 to 6 months. If you bring it home and cook it up and then divide it for meals it won’t take up very much room in your freezer at all.
Here is a great site that helps you figure out how long to cook your turkey. It also helps with portion size and how long to thaw your turkey.