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What to do with whole turkey


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What to do with whole turkey

henrikbe | Dec 15, 2013 12:58 AM


I just bought a whole turkey, at about 11 lb. It was frozen, but is sitting in my fridge right now, I guess it's almost thawed by now. Now my problem is, we're basically just two people eating turkey, so 11 lb is a bit much for one dinner. So obviously I'll need to cut it into suitable portions. However, with a bird this size the number of dinners for the two of us would be quite high (5? 10?), and by the time we manage to eat it all, I fear we would be fed up (literally) on turkey.

So, would it be possible to thaw the bird, cut it, and then refreeze the individual portions? Or would this destroy the meat in some way?

Alternatively, would it be better to cook the portions first, then freeze? And then just thaw and reheat whenever we want turkey for dinner?

And in the latter case, would you recommend cooking the whole bird before cutting (roasting it in the oven), or would it be better to cut it first and then cook each portion individually?

One final question: I guess I should consider brining? If so (and if I refreeze the portions uncooked), should the portions be brined prior to refreezing, or would it be better to freeze first and then brine after rethawing again?

So basically, to sum up, I need to perform the following operations to my bird: Brine, cut, cook, refreeze, thaw, eat. What would be the best order in which to perform these operations?

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