What kind of turkey cook are you?

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What kind of turkey cook are you?
Sat, 11-19-2011 - 12:32pm

The grown GrDs now own electric roasters & swear by them - I've never owned one.

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Sat, 11-19-2011 - 2:59pm

A family story included...TJ

I do mine in the oven.

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Sat, 11-19-2011 - 3:15pm

I know when people talk about this stuff it grosses some out....but that is just the facts..

My mother insisted on Norbest.......while good I think she could have done a store brand and it would have come out great because she was just a good cook. Some years she would tent it and others not......sometimes a lid for most of the cooking then the last hour take it off.....

For me I kind of depended on luck....I would buy the store brand turkey and hope for the best.....I have had a couple times when I would say they were not perfect but we could still eat them....

I have fixed a couple of Butterballs in my time but find there wasn't any difference in the way they turned out.. I really think the smaller ones come out the tenderest and juciest mainy because they don't have to cook for so long...

But when it comes to some things there are those turkeys that make the grade from the farm and get the best name because they are well, almost perfect.....but they come with the price too.....yet their brother or sister may have had a broken wing, or it's feathers didn't look good or maybe they didn't grow exactly the way the rest of the troop grew maybe underweight or just not right in other words.....they go on to become store brands......even though they start out at the same place and were fed the same as the one that will cost you big bucks because they might be ugly they are cheaper.... so to speak......does that make them bad? Heaven's no......in some cases it makes them better....and cheaper.

Like with other products just because the name is there and the price is high don't make it a better product......think about canned stuff......sometimes the only difference between a big name and a store brand is a lable and I know that for a fact(had family working in a cannery years ago)

The best tasting turkey I ever fixed were the years I bought the fresh ones from one of Del's producers.....she just raised them and butchered them and added nothing....but the flavor was well I could never compare it to a mass produced turkey it wouldn't be fair to say they were flavorless untill you taste one you will never know..

This ladies turkeys were always around 25# but that would have been way to much for us so I had her cut them in half......it worked perfect....the gravy was always so yummy........

Crap now I am hungry for that and the woman is no longer even on the farm.......

I never stuffed a turkey after I went some where one time (an aunt's house) and she had this huge bird with stuffing inside and while the outside was nice and brown and as dry as an old barn door, the inside was still not done I swear she had that in the oven for a day......lol Cook the dressing or stuffing whatever with some of the juice from the turkey and some stock in a pan along side...

Look at me all I ever fix anymore are wings and legs.....sometimes I will get a breast if I can find a small one for the 2 of us..........lol........but they are still good.

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Sat, 11-19-2011 - 4:52pm

Too funny about the dish.

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Sun, 11-20-2011 - 12:28am
Since we travel to Okla for Thanksgiving we order a smoked Turkey which comes fully cooked. Easy Peasy. Then my daughter and I cook all day Wed to prep for Thursday. It's a .ot of work in a small kitchen in a short amount of time - but it always works!
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Sun, 11-20-2011 - 9:23am
That's what they call togetherness.....lol
Since DS will be in NJ with girlfriend's family, there are just 3 of us left...so we have decided to eat out . Then J's friends (about a dozen) are coming over later.
Have a great Thanksgiving!!!
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Registered: 11-07-2008
Sun, 11-20-2011 - 2:27pm

The bird will start out as the frozen store brand variety and when thawed will get the food network brining treatment. Brining makes the juiciest most flavorful turkey I've ever eaten. We will gather at my brother's home this year sometime after Santa arrives at Macy's.



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Sun, 11-20-2011 - 10:23pm
My Fiesta ware is boxed up and in the basement...I just don't have room for it right now. I love that set of dishes...mine were my Mom's and they are now 72 years old! I also have my Grandmothers dishes which I love...those must be over 100 years old by now. BTW...I have Mom's olive/pickle dish too. Funny how all that stuff brings back so many memories of fun holidays isn't it?
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Sun, 11-20-2011 - 11:50pm

I'm thinking those olive/pickle dishes must have the height of fine entertaining in their day.