You Can Never Have Too Much Gravy!

Or can you?

I had the bones from the turkey on Thanksgiving and I had thrown them in a large pan with the juice from the bottom of the pan we used to cook the turkey on Friday afternoon. I did add a bit of water to cover the bones and I set it to simmer for several hours.

When I deemed it was done, I drained the bones and yuck and threw it away. I know I should have saved some more of the meat that fell off the bones but I wasn’t really in the mood to figure out what to keep and what to throw. The liquid, I put in a bowl and set it in the refrigerator.

Today, I pulled it out. It has had two days to “set” and let the fat fall to the top of the bowl so I could scrape it off.

Scraping it off when it is set up like this is quite easy. When I was done, I set both bowls back in the oven to heat up a little bit. I wanted it loose and pliable for the next step: cheese cloth.

When it was done warming up, I put it into jars to store. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do but I wanted to keep it.

Why not make gravy to freeze with it? I tried looking up a how to on this but was not optimistic. So, I did what felt natural and went with it.

At one point, my hand got tired of stirring constantly and I used my mixer for the task. Brendan wanted to see it, so I had to hold him and run the mixer. That didn’t last long.

It was so delicious, I couldn’t keep my spoon out of it – I was constantly taste-testing it. Since I didn’t use a recipe, I really can’t write it up. I’m sorry. But, when we were done, all the juice from the turkey was used and I got some gravy for later use.

Maybe just a little bit too much gravy. That’s 3 full Cool Whip tubs from Thanksgiving and they are 8 oz each! We froze two of them and will be using the one for a dinner tomorrow night. I’ll let ya know what I come up with!

Last night, I had a brilliant idea. Money has been tight for quite some time and I know that it won’t likely let up until after Christmas. Jen and I were talking about this a few days ago and we had decided that we would try to do homemade gifts for Christmas. This process would solve two problems.

  1. None of our stuff would be “made in China.”
  2. We’d save a lot of money doing it this way.

What you see in the above picture is a fabric panel cut up into squares. There’s four variations and we had, perhaps, 1 yard or two of this. We cut them out and found a backing fabric for them.

I like this fabric.

And then we cut some “Warm ‘n Natural” squares just shy the size of the panel piece.

Layer it, stitch around the inside square to “quilt” it then close up the sides.

Voila! Christmas Cards! What do you think? Mail them in place of paper Christmas Cards and they are a keepsake? When I get the first finished and ready, I’ll post it for y’all. Personally, I think it is a great idea. They are a perfect way to say “Merry Christmas” cheaply yet beautifully.

This morning, I had a brilliant idea while cooking the sausage crumbles for our breakfast Quiche. Why not save the drippings and fat from this and use it the next time I make sausage gravy and biscuits?

Drain the fat into a smaller pan so I can put it into a jar…

And now it’s in my cupboards, waiting to be used in the future.

Yes, I have gotten quite creative, the last few months. Most especially the last few weeks. The holidays are definitely bringing the “housewife” out of me. Trying to save everything and use it for when we have a problem with funds, the next time.

And I’ll close with this:

Why, in the name of all that is good and decent, is the Nanny

taking pictures and not saving me!?

That’s all I’ve got to say on the subject.

Categories: 1950s, American, Dinner, Lunch | 6 Comments

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6 thoughts on “You Can Never Have Too Much Gravy!

  1. Love the cards idea, practical too, so many possible uses 🙂 trying to get Amy making little gifts for her friends. She’s a bit lazy. 🙂

  2. ,I wasn’t going to take those monsters on. Plus I was having a laugh watching you be the horse instead of me. 🙂

  3. Pingback: Pay It Forward, the Creative Way! « Living the 1950s

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