I am super-frugal. I'm afraid I drive my family crazy on occasion with my "oddness". Is it odd to save the turkey carcass from Thanksgiving to make turkey stock? Or to save the ham bone to use later? I think it's smart and extremely tasty.
After dinner I cut the rest of the ham off the bone and save it for leftovers. Ham sandwiches are so good. So is ham with au gratin potatoes.
The ham bone goes into a zippered freezer bag and into the freezer until enough time has passed that we're no longer tired of ham. Then I use it to make ham and bean soup.
Can't you just taste that bowl of beans, ham and vegetables with some corn muffins or homemade bread on the side? And that great flavor came from something that most people throw away after their holiday meal.
Directions for making ham and bean soup are in this post from last year's January soup series:
What to Do With Your Thanksgiving Turkey Carcass
Make Your Own Jiffy Cornbread Mix
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