Canadian Turkey has so many different ideas to help Canadians add turkey to your favourite recipes to help you celebrate turkey all month long! This homemade turkey noodle soup recipe can be enjoyed year round!
October. Canadians cheer when this month comes along so we can celebrate Thanksgiving with our loved ones. Many Canadians love to be thankful around the table with a lovely turkey as the star of the meal. It is thought that we have to wait until Christmas to carve another bird. This is not the case! Did you know October is Canadian Turkey Month? YES! Turkey can be enjoyed any time, whether it be for planning weeknight dinners, weekend family nights, or for a get-together with special friends.
Cooking a turkey
Canadian families come in all sizes and can have different habits and dietary considerations. No matter the number of people tucking in to your dinner table each night, turkey can make each meal fit their needs.
Is cooking a turkey in an oven on your bucket list of things to try? Canadian Turkey can give you instructions for cooking a turkey! They have step-by-step HOW-TO videos to help you master the basics easily to accomplish this task. You will see just how simple it is to put together a special meal to celebrate a special event with these videos to help guide you in the right direction.
What is one of the best parts about roasting a turkey? The leftovers! Turkey leftovers can be made into so many different dishes for your family to love! Buying a larger bird to roast can help you plan out other meals later on in the week. This can help to ease up those busy weekday dinner prep to come this fall.
There are so many ways leftover turkey can be prepared to make future meals easier to put together. Turkey can be cubed, shredded, or sliced. This power-packed protein can then be stored in the freezer to have on hand as a base for a healthy meal. These portions can be used in some of your favourite dishes such as for your best homemade turkey soup, delicious turkey pasta dishes, summer turkey salads, turkey casseroles, turkey wraps, turkey sandwiches, and more. There are endless possibilities to use turkey in your family’s meals. Turkey can even replace a protein in one of your favourite meals. Not sure how? Canadian Turkey can give you an assist! They have recipes for turkey leftovers to help inspire you in the kitchen.
Are you not sure what to do with all of that terrific leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving meal? You can make this turkey leftovers recipe! Also, have these tips on hand to make the most of them to celebrate Canadian Turkey Month!
10 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TURKEY LEFTOVERS
- For leftovers, order a turkey that is several pounds bigger than what you need. That way you can be sure to cook once and eat twice, with leftover turkey to spare for additional meals once everyone has had their fill.
- Plan for leftovers by allocating 1½ – 2 pounds of turkey per person. This will yield ½ to 1 pound of extra turkey for each person at your table.
- Can you freeze turkey leftovers? Leftover turkey freezes well. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for a quick start to weekday meals.
- Make a list of your leftover turkey recipes. Add to that list now to have a head start of go-to favourite recipes for the holiday season.
- Divide your leftovers into dark and white turkey portions before freezing so it will be easy to choose what works best in your recipes.
- Make sure you store your leftovers properly for best results. Shred your turkey or cut it up into slices or cubes and freeze in convenient 1lb meal base portions that are ready to use right from the freezer.
- Store your turkey in air-tight, leak-proof containers or plastic bags. Wrap in plastic to avoid freezer burn and you’ll have ready portions on hand.
- Make sure you pack your leftovers within 2 hours after cooking to maintain the quality of the food.
- Save and freeze the turkey carcass and bones, too. Use these to make a delicious turkey stock that can easily be frozen for use in soups, sauces, gravies and mashed potatoes.
- Freeze any leftover gravy in muffin tins or ice cube trays. Once frozen, store in a zip top bag or air tight container and use as needed.
Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup
Soup lovers can find some dining inspiration with this leftover turkey soup recipe. This is the best turkey soup ever!
Classic Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup
- 3 cups Canadian turkey leftovers roughly chopped
- 8 cups 8 cups turkey broth homemade or store bought
- 1 cup carrot chopped
- 1 cup potatoes chopped
- 1 cup egg noodles
- 2 springs fresh rosemary
- Salt and pepper to taste
Homemade Broth (Optional)
- 1.5 lb turkey necks
- 2 onions roughly chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- 8 cups water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- If using store bought broth, proceed to step 3.
Homemade Broth Instructions
- Combine turkey necks, water, onions and bay leaves.
- Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste and boil for at least 1 hour, up to 3 hours. During cooking, skim any impurities from the surface. Strain.
- Combine broth and potatoes. Bring to a low simmer for 20 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.
- Add remaining vegetables, rosemary and egg noodles.
- Simmer for 15 minutes until noodles are cooked through and vegetables are tender.
- Add turkey and remove rosemary.
- Remove 1 cup of soup and blend with a hand blender. Add back to soup to make it a little creamy.
Would you like to have additional tips, recipes, Turkey Basics videos and HOW-TOs to enjoy Canadian Turkey Month? Canadian Turkey is the place to turn to for all of your cooking ideas. They have recipe suggestions and easy turkey prep tips to use. The Year-Round Whole Turkey HOW-TOs section will help you to prepare a whole Canadian turkey to serve for any occasion. Their recipe section contains amazing recipes for whole turkey, the best homemade turkey soup, turkey cuts and leftovers to make it #TurkeyTime for any meal every day!
Visit www.canadianturkey.ca for recipe inspiration and easily make salads, soups, pastas or casseroles!
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