Don't toss that bag stashed in the turkey's cavity. Use those vitals to make something yummy.

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Illustration by Hanna Barczyk
| Credit: Illustration by Hanna Barczyk

Make Your Gravy Extra Tasty 

In a pan, cover the neck and giblets, except for the liver (see next idea), with water. Simmer with carrots, onion, and celery for 1 hour. Chop up the neck meat and giblets. Stir into your gravy for a flavor-packed turkey topping.

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Credit: Illustration by Hanna Barczyk

Say Yay To Pâté

Turn turkey liver into a delicious spread. Sauté it with butter, garlic, onions, and herbs, then mix it all in a food processor with a hard-boiled egg and a little olive oil until smooth. Serve with toast or crackers for a no-waste app.

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Credit: Illustration by Hanna Barczyk

Pump Up Your Stuffing

Simmer the gizzard, heart, and neck until cooked, about 1 hour. Chop the meat into bits and mix into stuffing, where they'll add savory flavor. Then use the salted cooking water to moisten the bread!

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Credit: Illustration by Hanna Barczyk

Make Your Dog's Day

Let Fido in on the feast, too. Simmer the giblets and neck until cooked, 30 minutes or more. Chop up the neck meat and giblets. Give them as treats or mix into dog food.