OT Turkey Alert!

It is time to move your frozen turkey from the freezer to the refrigerator. If you 'are' a turkey, this is a good time to disappear. It takes a long time for a Big Bird to thaw. The quick way of putting the frozen bird in a sink of cold water and constantly changing the water is a pain. Start early if you can and simply move the turkey to the refrigerator to slowly thaw. I'm trying a new turkey production this year. Carving a turkey looks good in old movies but there are not any carving artists in our family. I've bought boned turkey breasts and hope to get away with an easier time of it. Sounds good, don't you think? Polly
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Polly Esther
But Mz. Polly!! How can there be a fight over who gets the drumsticks if'n there ain't no drumsticks? Does sound a whole lot easier though!
My mamma used to cook that bird until it fell off the bone, and yet it was always moist and yummy and the gravy was heavenly, just heavenly!!!
Dreamweaver, who loves the dark meat!!!!
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Dreamweaver
Yeah, that's kind of sad about no drumsticks - and no wishbone. I remember the time my sister tried the method where you put the bird in a paper bag and set it to cook very slowly overnight. They were blasted out of bed by the smoke alarms. And the time she put her turkey in a sink full of cold water to thaw - forgetting that their lab could easily remove anything at counter height that was appealing. He did. Labradors are sweet and loyal dogs but they are tall. You'd think she would have noticed. Polly
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Polly Esther
LOL!!! You reminded me of the time my mom cooked a 25 lb turkey for 4 of us! Lots of leftovers...right?...see this one coming?......Brother took platter out next day to make a sandwich, left it on the counter, and yep, our Irish Setter had the best and worst Thanksgiving of her life!!!! She was miserable after eating about 22 lbs of turkey but boy was she happy!!!!!
That poor baby! Dreamweaver (she was miserable for days and the post clean up wasn't exactly enjoyable either!!!!)
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Dreamweaver
I seem to remember something about turkey containing something that makes people sleepy. After 22 pounds of turkey, that should have been some lovely long nap. Polly
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Polly Esther
She was a sight to behold! I thought her belly would burst it was so full, and you're right, all she could really do was lay around and sleep! She was quite the character.
Dreamweaver
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Dreamweaver
We use these exclusively - have done for years!! I can't stand the sight of a carcass! Ugh/shudder!! And I don't have to touch the beast >g< (Sorry you natural carnivores!). They are delicious and the leftovers are dealt with in one further meal. Simply cannot be better. . In message , Polly Esther writes
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Patti
Cheap and easy......... Yeah, I thought about that, but it just ain't the same, ya know?!....Although it beats no dark meat at all I 'spose!
Dreamweaver...I ain't cheap but I can be had!!!!! (I woke up a little on the cheeky side can ya tell?)
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Dreamweaver
I reminded dh that that was his first job this morning ! Mary
refrigerator.
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MB
Even better, since DH won't eat the white part of a turkey, is a boned and rolled turkey thigh. Just right for the 2 of us. And it can be unrolled, gussied up with stuffing, and re-rolled back into its tidy little net.
Back in the day, one Thanksgiving when I had more people to cook for, I actually boned the turkey and stuffed it with chicken, among other things. (It was a small bird.) Works great, not hard to do, assuming the bird is thawed of course. Just takes a little patience and a sharp knife. Roberta in D
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Roberta
I haven't seen any boned turkey breasts that aren't exhorbitant priced out here. Last week I bought a dozen eggs and they guy next to me agreed either they must be getting used as currency in other parts of this country, they are so dear, or the stores wants your first born for some eggs!
Ginger in CA
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Ginger in CA
My son often cooks turkey breast when he doesn't have time to deal with the carcass. Yesterday he planned to make rolled turkey breast for his friends. This is just a simple way of using the boned turkey breast and rolling the stuffing inside. The breast had been in the refrigerator for two days. He took it out about 3:00 p.m. and discovered the center was still frozen. After an hour in water there was still a little ice in the center. Forget rolling it. He put the stuffing in the bottom of the pan and cooked the turkey spread flat on top. Worked well and took much less cooking time. Wasn't as pretty as a rolled turkey but taste was great. Only problem with boned turkey breast is no turkey soup the following week.
Susan
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Susan Laity Price
Oh Dear -- I understand your dilemma but, Polly, that's NOT a turkey! It's a turkey "roll" ;*-{. DH & I and another couple will be eating out for the holiday. We don't have any family here so we either take turns making dinner or eating out. For me, if a turkey is less than 20#, it's more like a big chicken and not worth the bother -- LOL! I get my "turkey cooking" fix by cooking the bird with stuffing and making the gravy for the turkey potluck at DH's work. This is good because I don't have to worry about all the other stuff involved in making a traditional Thanksgiving meal. As for carving the bird, we have never done it at the dinner table -- too much trouble. It's not really difficult *IF* someone has shown you what to do. Does anyone know of a site online that shows the proper procedure for carving a large bird??? I'll have to ask DD -- she might know of something online. CiaoMeow >^;;^<
PAX, Tia Mary >^;;^< (RCTQ Queen of Kitties) Angels can't show their wings on earth but nothing was ever said about their whiskers! Visit my Photo albums at
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Tia Mary
For those of us who love their dogs- turkey will give dogs terrible diarrhea. Be careful when sharing scraps and leftovers with the furry children in your family!
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
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Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
I wonder what happened?!?!? What type of bag did your sister use? My family has cooked the turkey in brown paper grocery bags since my Granny's time and she came to this country in the late 1890's! The bags don't burn unless they are exposed to flame -- heat won't make them burn. The turkey I make for DH's work potluck is slow cooked overnight because the bird has to be ready by about 11:00AM and I'm certainly not getting up at 0dark:30 to put a bird in the oven!! CiaoMeow >^;;^<
PAX, Tia Mary >^;;^< (RCTQ Queen of Kitties) Angels can't show their wings on earth but nothing was ever said about their whiskers! Visit my Photo albums at
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Tia Mary
I googled "how to carve a turkey" and came up with these and lots more...
Julia in MN
> >> ......... >> I'm trying a new turkey production this year. Carving a turkey >> looks good in old movies but there are not any carving artists in our >> family. I've bought boned turkey breasts and hope to get away with an >> easier time of it. Sounds good, don't you think? Polly > > Oh Dear -- I understand your dilemma but, Polly, that's NOT a > turkey! It's a turkey "roll" ;*-{. DH & I and another couple will be > eating out for the holiday. We don't have any family here so we either > take turns making dinner or eating out. For me, if a turkey is less > than 20#, it's more like a big chicken and not worth the bother -- LOL! > I get my "turkey cooking" fix by cooking the bird with stuffing and > making the gravy for the turkey potluck at DH's work. This is good > because I don't have to worry about all the other stuff involved in > making a traditional Thanksgiving meal. > As for carving the bird, we have never done it at the dinner table -- > too much trouble. It's not really difficult *IF* someone has shown you > what to do. Does anyone know of a site online that shows the proper > procedure for carving a large bird??? I'll have to ask DD -- she might > know of something online. CiaoMeow >^;;^ > PAX, Tia Mary >^;;^< (RCTQ Queen of Kitties) > Angels can't show their wings on earth but nothing was ever said about > their whiskers! > Visit my Photo albums at
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Julia in MN
I have a suspicion after the new feel good law goes into effect here you are going to think the eggs prices now are cheap. I suspect chickens will go out of state (or possibly to Mexico) to get around the law. Chicken industry is probably the one who will be hit hard. They will be treated as bad or worse would be my guess and we here in CA that love to vote in more laws will pay, literally. : ( Taria
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Taria
Since Mr J is the ONLY one that can eat turkey we went with just the breast. It will be the First time I've tried that. Not sure what I have to do that is different besides knowing it won't take as long to cook. Stuffing has always been made separately. Rest of us are having Prime Rib at $4.97 a lb!!!!!!! At that price, we bought one for our Christmas, too! It was 1/2 off! This past Saturday, Safeway (Vons) had some super prices on a number of their things....so we 'stocked up' to some extent. We'll watch Wed ads for more 'stocking up' prices. At least we now get 3 super market ads (flyers) in the mail. Must be Holiday time.
hTH Butterfly
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Butterflywings

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