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Talking Turkey: Using Leftover Meat (and the Carcass too)

Wondering what to do with the remaining bits of your Thanksgiving turkey? From the meat to the bone, here's a few tips on how to maximize what's leftover.

Photography by: Roland Bello

For the best leftovers, carve any remaining meat off the turkey in large pieces and refrigerate it that way. (Refrigerate stuffing in a separate container.) Then slice the meat as you need it; it will stay moister than if you’d sliced it in advance.


Don’t throw out the bones -- use them to make a simple turkey stock: Place them in a large pot with a couple of onions, carrots, and celery, all roughly chopped into large chunks; about 1/2 bunch fresh parsley; and 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns. Cover with water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about an hour, skimming as necessary. Strain the stock and use it in soups and stews, or freeze it for up to 3 months.

See our Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes