Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It was a LOT of meatballs...

Meatball day was a raging success!


We ground two of the $4 turkeys and ended up with about 15-16 pounds of lean ground turkey. Since I trimmed and ground the meat myself I didn't include the skin (or any weird stuff) and there really wasn't a lot of fat - so it was exceptionally lean.

And the low cost was amazing - for basically $8 (two $4 turkeys) we got 15 pounds of ground meat and three stock pots full of stock. So at $0.53 a pound for ground turkey you can't go wrong. We'll get even more meat once the stock is strained - a pile for us (to be canned or frozen later) and a big pile for the inside cats.

Once the meatballs were baked and cooled we put them in gallon freezer bags and froze them in single layers. Now we are ready for super quick suppers. A couple ways we use them:

* Simmered in sauce and served over whole wheat spaghetti (think, "On top of spaghetti, all covered in cheese.....")
* Covered in tomato sauce in a baking pan, then topped with a bechamel sauce, cheese, and heated in a over at 400* until browned and bubbling. Then served over whole wheat penne pasta or polenta. Or...
* Sliced and served over thick sliced bread for open faced meatball sandwiches.

I'm telling you, you can't go wrong with $4 turkeys!

Now get out there and load up that cart! Happy Meatball Day!

9 comments:

the Goodwife said...

Mmmmmmm........I wish turkeys would get cheap 'round here, but they haven't yet.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

I think we are going back for more turkeys.. I mean, wow! What a deal... one of the other stores had a coupon hidden in their circular, a good price on their turkeys plus $5 off. The "example" price was $0.21 a pound - well worth the extra time to stop at a different store.

Grandpa said...

Great bargain there. Amazing what creativity can achieve.

We are many hours away from lunch but you are making me real hungry already OFG

Mr. H. said...

I think it is really great that you are processing so much food and putting it away for future use. We are doing the same. your turkey meatballs sound so good.

You do know that we rarely eat any meat and are pretty much vegetarians right? Everytime I come to your blog I leave hungry...pure torture I tell you. I want some meatballs, amd sausage, fried chicken, steak...oh how I used to love steak.:)

You asked about coffee. We freeze it when it comes in bags and stash it under our bed when we get it in cans.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Hi Grandpa! Good to see you - noticed you hadnt posted in a couple days. I've been wondering what you are up to - I'll pop over next.

Mr. H - I had a meatball for (first) breakfast. hee hee hee hee Just wait until we get our pigs dressed.. oh the pork chops! And of course they are naturally and humanely raised (except for me yelling at them).
;-)

katiegirl said...

That sounds so great! The meatballs would go quick around our house...

Ohiofarmgirl said...

hey katiegirl! such an easy supper - I'm tell you its a breeze and a crowd pleaser. We had meatball sandwiches for lunch - easy easy easy!

Jeff said...

Turkey Stock! What a great idea. The meatballs look wonderful, too, nice going. Your limited investment seems to have yielded a lot of yum!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

hi Jeff! Next time I may just include some bacon
;-)

You know I'm a total fan of your site - does everyone know Jeff?
http://www.adorkandhispork.com/

yours in bacon,
ofg

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