Monday, February 23, 2009

He just doesn't understand :-)

I did the turkey breast (about 8 lbs) in the crockpot during the night while we slept. It was actually too large for the crock pot- the lid would not fit on so I wound up cutting through the backbone and the ribs and breaking it so it sat flatter in the crock pot.

It was perfect when I got up this morning (about 4:45 since I knew I had to take the time to do something with the turkey before leaving for work). I was just going to transfer it to a pan and put it in the frig until this evening but it just fell off the bones so I wound up taking out all the bones and taking off the skin and then refrigerating the meat only. That made it much nicer to finish up this evening.

I cut up the meat and put enough for the 3 of us (and probably 3 more people) in a casserole and poured a little chicken broth over it. I then covered it with foil and put it in the oven to warm up with the leftover baked potatoes while I made some salads. It worked perfectly.

My DH looked at all the turkey meat in the pan when I pulled it out of the refrigerator and said "All that meat! What are you going to do with it?" I told him that I would portion it out and freeze it for other meals and casseroles. He just doesn't understand how much time that saves when I plan a meal. Even if I were to use chicken breasts for the casseroles it would still take much longer to cook them than to pull a package of already cooked turkey out of the freezer the night before so it can thaw.

I got enough for at least 5 casseroles or meals in one cooking - so 6 meals if you count tonight's. Not bad. And how hard was it to cook anyway - put it in the crock pot with a little chicken broth and go to bed :-)