Anyone else excited that Fall is coming? I’m so ready for the cooler weather to get here and all the great holidays that come with it.
One of my other favorite things about Fall is all the stuff that goes on sale, like all the baking items and especially hams and turkeys. There’s something about filling my freezer with 50 pounds of meat that’s just so satisfying, and I definitely plan on doing it again this year.
With Thanksgiving drawing near, grocery stores will begin advertising their turkeys and offer them at super low prices- usually if you spend a certain amount of money first.
For example, Meijer usually sells turkey for around $.54 a pound if you buy $20 in additional items. Kroger sells turkey for $.99 a pound when you spend $10.
Meijer’s usually the better deal for me, because I feel like I get more for my money there. Most things are just cheaper than at Kroger, and I can almost always find $20 worth of stuff!
Hams tend to go on sale more toward Christmas. My favorite is the spiral ham, and I’ve seen them go as low as $1.19 a pound at Meijer. However, if you wait until after Christmas, Aldi usually marks them down big time.
It’s like Christmas all over again when I walk in and see a big sign that says “$5.00 off all hams”. I’ve been able to get ham for $.50 a pound! So definitely keep an eye out for those after-holiday clearance specials.
Now that you have all that meat, what should you do with it? I’ve yet to buy enough to last me the entire year until next time, but I try to space it out so that we eat one once a month. When you eat turkey every day for a full week, you really need that month break (or longer) so you can eat it again without getting tired of it!
I’ll decide the week before that we’re going to use one of the turkeys or hams, and start creating recipes to go with it. It usually consists of:
- Roasted turkey with mashed potatoes
- At least 4 other dinners that use turkey
- One breakfast that uses turkey
Since there are only 3 of us, that turkey will last us all week, and sometimes longer. It’s a very frugal way to meal plan! I can’t write this without posting recipes, so here’s a list of meals I’ve made using leftovers to give you some ideas.
- Turkey enchiladas
- Turkey wild rice soup
- Turkey ranch quesadillas
- Buffalo turkey (Just mix with hot sauce and a packet of dry ranch mix), use on salads or sandwiches
- Ham and cheese gnocchi
- Ham and rice casserole
- Hawaiian fried rice
- Broccoli, ham, mozzarella, egg bake
Have you made any good recipes lately with ham or turkey? I’d love to add more to my list!