Buying a fresh whole turkey is economical and may save you money if you know how to efficiently get the most meals out of it. When social factors are affecting your livelihood and economic challenges are disrupting the food and supplies chain, it is time to figure out how to make the best of what you can purchase at your local supermarket.
It is often said that buying in bulk may save you money, and in some instances, it is accurate, and in others, it may not make sense. There may be many solutions that we think are viable but may not be for us just because of social status. It is best to figure out your needs and wants before making a decision you will regret later on.
Accepting that you have lost money in frugal spending is never easy to bear. You may think you need every kitchen gadget to make delicious meals or every seasoning spice there is to cook. In reality, you don’t! It is about making decisions that fit your lifestyle and your budget.
Why buying a turkey ONLY for Thanksgiving or Christmas does not make sense
Every year, many of us spend hours trying to plan the most delicious holiday meal. We spend hours on the internet looking for new recipes and ways to stay within our budget. And after the holidays, when life is back to normal, we wait for the next holiday.
Did you know that many people only eat turkey during the holidays? I am not counting cold turkey cuts, meatballs, burgers, or meatloaf. These meals are acceptable for them, and buying a whole turkey after the holidays does not even cross their minds.
You can create many recipes with fresh whole turkey or frozen turkey after the holidays. You can even make your own homemade turkey cold cuts or luncheon meat and burgers without spending the big bucks.
After the holidays, supermarkets rush to get rid of their overstocked supply of whole turkeys. That is one of the best times to buy your turkey. And if you have the room, you can buy two or more to last you for the year. The pound price is much less than what you would have paid before the holidays. Yes, some people buy at least three whole turkeys after the holidays when they are on sale. We do the same!
There are two things you have to worry about when buying whole turkeys. One is having enough space in your freezer; the other is to cut it. Now many people can cut up a whole turkey. It is a heavy bird, and handling requires strength and patience.
What if you could eat turkey all year-round
Recipes for a whole turkey, turkey breast and turkey cuts are always available at supermarkets. You can buy a whole turkey or any parts or cuts of the turkey all year round.
Here are 3 reasons why you should buy a whole turkey
- When you buy a whole turkey, you can save money and create as many meals as you want.
- There are tons of recipes available on this website and the internet. No excuse there!
- A healthy meat option. Turkey is a lean protein-dense poultry type of meat.
Why buy a whole turkey now, and how much does a whole turkey cost?
- When you buy a whole turkey, you have different cooking options. Roasting, frying, or grilling are your options. You can use different types of seasonings blends to season the turkey.
- You can substitute turkey with chicken, beef, or seafood if a particular food is unavailable.
- Depending on where you live and also if you are buying an organic turkey, the price will fluctuate. As of the date of this article, I have seen turkey sold by the pound as low as 89 cents.
- You can opt for a turkey breast if you have a smaller family or are not a huge fan of the whole turkey. Turkey breasts are also great for making homemade luncheon meat.
Fresh turkey cuts
Fresh turkey cuts are smaller pieces that are cooked in different ways. You have more cooking options and can calculate the eating portion better.
Turkey recipes ideas for you to try:
- Stovetop Ground Turkey with Pasta
- How to make Jerk Style Turkey Necks
- Roasted Turkey Drumsticks
- Turkey in Creole Sauce
- Moroccan Inspired Slow Cooked Turkey Breast
- Easy Bulgur Wheat Ground Turkey Meatballs with Mango Sauce
- Tassot Turkey, a Haitian Caribbean traditional dish
Originally published on Caribbeangreenliving.com June 2022.