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Okay, so the holidays are over and you find yourself confronted with the classic dilemma of glorious holiday excess: too much turkey. And maybe there's some ham, maybe you made a few more brussels than last year, and maybe Great Aunt Thelma's just not hitting the potatoes since she got on that new diet. Either way, you have a problem.

Sure you could spin off your turkey left overs into an ever shifting array of sandwiches, soups, and casseroles. For many people this is a cherished part of the holidays. For me, it guarantees I wont crave turkey again til Easter roles around.

Your holiday meal was a work of art, a perfectly balanced mix of meat, vegetables, and starches. Why do it a disservice by turning it into something else? If only there was some way to freeze a balanced meal exactly as it was without that pesky freezerburn....
 
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Gravy, your magic turkey preservative

Picture of Step 1: Gravy, your magic turkey preservative
Whether it's white or brown, thick or thin, vegan or distilled from an extract of pure Animalia, there is one thing all gravy has in common:

It is awesome

Not only is gravy awesome tasting, but it has an awesome ability to prevent freezer burn in frozen foods. Freezer burn is a common name for the process of sublimation, in which a solid transitions directly into a gas without making a social appearance in liquid form in between. In the case of your turkey dinner, this means the water is drawing straight out of the exposed surfaces of your food to be vented off or recrystallized elsewhere, leaving your food vulnerable to oxidation. This will cause profound denaturation of every delicious protein that gives your late, beloved gobbler its texture and flavor properties. It's also no picnic for potatoes, stuffing, and green bean casserole.

To remedy, prepare your three course meal exactly as desired in a single freezer bag and pour in your desired accompaniment of gravy. By coating your entire meal before freezing, you have created a moisture barrier to halt or delay the sublimation of water from your food. It's okay, the gravy forgives you.
Orngrimm1 year ago
I have to say, your explanation of sublimation "sublimation, in which a solid transitions directly into a gas without making a social appearance in liquid form in between." is a work of art on its self! :)
I explained that to many people but your explanation with a bit of fun thrown in just hits it perfectly for the normal guy. :)
Punk Love Designs (author)  Orngrimm1 year ago
Thanks Orngrimm! It's not a common sense process to a lot of people. I used to have no idea how it worked myself
I took this one stage further with the turkey this Christmas - I cooked the bird on the day before Christmas Eve, carved and picked over the carcass, packed all the meat into plastic containers, then immersed it all in gravy made from the bones.

Most of the containers went straight in the freezer - I just saved a couple to be warmed up on Christmas day - and it made the preparation of Christmas dinner an absolute breeze.

Also, it means if, like everyone in my family, you prefer the dark meat, you can have that first - as opposed to just having a slice or two off the breast - and the gravy made from boiling up the bones is fantastic.
I am lucky enough to hold a family monopoly on liking dark meat! Nice trick, do you use the gizzards & innards? We usually start there, add celery, mushrooms, onions, and bisto, and simmer all day. Never tried carcass gravy, but it makes an awesome soup base. Do you crush up the bones before simmering?
aaaaHa... the truth is out!  "There's no such thing as too much gravy."!!!  

Fabulous Ible... thanks for sharing!


Genius! Bonus: not having to warm up more than one thing. Lazy and perfect :D
Calculated laziness!
This is a great idea, and so wittily phrased! Thanks for sharing.
Punk Love Designs (author)  WriterChick1 year ago
Thanks WriterChick!