In a perfect world, our dinner menu would involve new and unique ideas each night that the family would absolutely love. All plates would be polished clean and the kids would say something like “thanks mum for my delicious curry served with brown rice and veg”… One can dream right?
The reality is, no matter how much we love to cook and try new things, we often turn to the kind of recipes that we know are family approved. So when we learnt about the benefits of cooking with turkey, and how easy it is to change up our dinners with this high-protein meat, we knew we were on to something! We now make many of our favourites like homemade burgers and lasagne with this great meat and we can’t recommend it enough.
Not only is turkey is a great addition to the diet thanks to it’s long list of health benefits, but, it’s easy to cook and can be a simple substitute for fuller fat meats. For example, by simply using turkey instead of beef mince in your bolognese, you can still enjoy a favourite, while having a meal that is lower in fat, higher in protein and is low GI.
So, because we love cooking turkey, but know that many of our foodie friends are yet to try it with turkey, here is a list of commonly asked cooking questions:
Why is turkey meat healthy?
Turkey meat is low GI, which is great for the slow release of energy into the body. It means your family will stay fuller for longer, and feel satisfied after meals. Turkey is also low in fat and very high in protein.
Turkey also contains:
- Vitamin B3 and B6
How long can you store turkey meat?
Despite there being general recommendations for the amount of time you can store turkey, it is essential to consider storage conditions. Firstly, when following fridge and freezer recommendations, make sure that your fridge sits at the regular 4°C and your freezer sits at the regular -18°C.
Based on 4°C fridge
Cooked: 3-4 days in the fridge stored in shallow airtight containers
Raw: 1-2 days in sealed packaging or snap-lock bags
How long can you keep turkey in the freezer?
Based on -18°C freezer
Frozen cooked: 2-3 months in airtight container (e.g. mince cooked into bolognese or meatballs)
Frozen raw: 7 months in sealed freezer safe bags
Is turkey considered red meat?
Turkey is technically considered to be a white meat. However, this depends on the type of turkey cut that you are having. A portion of turkey breast is white meat, whereas a cut like a drumstick would be considered a darker meat.
How long does it take to cook turkey mince?
Turkey mince will take approximately 10 minute to cook in a medium sized saucepan. However, the best way to know that your turkey is cooked, is to wait until the meat is white and no longer pink or translucent. Another way that you can test this, is by ensuring that your meat reaches a temperature of 74°C.
What do you use to season turkey?
To give turkey cuts like mince extra flavour, you can always add seasonings. With mince for example, you can start with a base of chopped brown onion, garlic and olive oil and slowly add spices of your choosing as the meat cooks. Here are a few suggestions:
- Salt and Pepper
- Garlic powder
Is cooking turkey easy?
As most cooks are familiar with cooking turkey whole at Christmas time, they tend to think that cooking all cuts of turkey, will involve the same kind of technicality.
When the truth is, cooking turkey mince or short-cuts like turkey breast, is actually quite easy. The key is to follow recipes closely and ensure that you don’t over-cook your protein.
Can you make bolognese with turkey?
It is really easy to try it with turkey when it comes to bolognese. Simply add the same quantity of turkey mince as you would beef to your recipe and follow the steps as per normal.
Does turkey meat dry out?
Due to the low fat content of turkey shortcuts like turkey breast and mince, it can become a little drier than other proteins. However this is simply due to the fact that it is nice and lean. You can combat this, by using a lower cooking temperature, for a longer amount of time or add a hint of liquid such as stock when you feel necessary.
What kind of recipes can I make with turkey?
Turkey is very versatile in the kitchen. The key is to know which cut of turkey is best for which recipe. Think turkey mince for ideas like bolognese, lasagne, meatballs or san choy bau, and turkey breast for recipes such as stir-fry, parmigiana and tandoori. Find all of these delicious and easy turkey recipes in the Steggles collection at myfoodbook.
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