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!