You have a week to gobble up cooked smoked turkey


November 09, 1994|By Rita Calvert | Rita Calvert,Special to The Sun

Q: I saw a smoked, fully cooked frozen turkey in the store and thought it would be tasty. How long will this keep once it has been thawed?

A: A fully cooked smoked turkey will last up to one week once it has been thawed completely. Smoked chicken and uncooked smoked turkey will last for two or three days.

Q: What is the filmy white stuff that is developing in my vinegar? Is it safe?

A: This developing film in your vinegar is most likely a microorganism which is safe for humans called the "mother." It is not pretty and will keep growing, so you may want to pasteurize the vinegar to stop the growth. Strain out the microorganism and heat the vinegar to 180 degrees, but do not boil. Filter the vinegar again by straining through a clean coffee filter. Then bottle in a clean glass container.

Tip: Don't toss that leftover pumpkin from the can. Use it to thicken soups or gravies. In baking, it can replace about 30 percent of the fat or just add it for extra flavor to the batter of spicy cakes, biscuits, waffles or pancakes.

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