Buying Meat for Non-Holiday Occasions

 This is the time of year to get GREAT deals on turkeys and even if you’re not hosting Thanksgiving, I suggest buying a turkey (or two!) and cooking up some meals. You can either freeze them for later or eat now but this is too good a deal to miss!

A word to the wise – most stores require a minimum purchase to get the good deals so think about what you need as apposed to impulse buying because if you do that, it’s not really a great deal!! (I’ve learned the hard way!!) A couple of people have asked why in the world I would do this so I thought a couple of answers were due!

1) Where are you going to store it?

I have a deep freezer down in my basement that I love. Although a little costly up front deep freezers are a necessity for those really trying to slash the grocery bill. They mean that instead of just buying week to week you can shop the sales. Your meals are not planned around whatever is going on sale that week but what you got for cheap in past weeks. Currently my freezer is host to some cheese shreds that were $.10/bag, lots of different meat at around $1.50#, vegetables that I flash froze when they were less than $1# and some sweet potatoes that were $.29#. Using those ingredients and fresh items I buy weekly we’re easily able to cook meals for around $4-$5 each night.

2) What are you going to do with it?

20# of turkey may seem a lot to you but once you think of feeding it at a couple of meals and possibly then freezing some cooked, it really makes sense. We love to host dinners at our house for our friends and recently was the perfect example. We had 2 nights where I need to make dinner for more people than just our family of 3. If I didn’t have cheap meat stored in our freezer I’d be serving spaghetti for sure! Instead I took a turkey out of the freezer that I bought around Thanksgiving (yup, they keep for a long time in a deep freezer). It cost me $10 for 18#.

Don’t panic about leftovers, after Thanksgiving I’ll have a slew of turkey recipes for you.

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