Replies: 45 - Last Post: Feb 21, 2013 7:29 AM Last Post By: sashac001
Feb 1, 2013 8:44 AM
Feb 1, 2013 11:57 AM
Feb 1, 2013 1:49 PM
17I will never have leftover turkey because I would never buy that disastrous bird. Even when my family was living in the United States, we decided that none of us liked it and that no holiday would force us to eat it -- we generally had crabs at Thanksgiving and prawns for Christmas. It helped a lot that we did not associate with any of the rest of the family so we were not invited by them and never had to invite them. Such a relief.
Feb 1, 2013 3:22 PM
18Maybe you needed a better recipe Kerouac. One year we had lobster for Thanksgiving. My mil wasn't able to make Turkey that year. It was yummy but too weird for me.
Feb 1, 2013 4:30 PM
19I want to come to all your places for Christmas. We don't have any Christmas leftovers by the end of two days after Christmas Day. It doesn't help that Junior gives a plate to take away to his father, his brother, etc. Well I don't mind him giving away the ham since he's taken to baking it which I don't like, but the Pudding is sacrosanct!
Feb 1, 2013 4:58 PM
Feb 1, 2013 5:04 PM
21Kerouac2. love the post. My mom loved turkey so that's what we had and they have ranged from fine to: oh, dear god- pass the mashed potatoes, PLEASE. Lobster is a huge deal for Christmas in France and in some parts of the Maritimes (Can.) but we generally have a duck or goose.
Best turkey I've ever had: my sisters, grilled over charcoal on a closed Webber grill. Takes hours, comes out like glazed mahogany and is fabulous. And I was won over by a deep fried turkey a few years ago--- it was not what I'd assumed. It WAS moist, tender and not greasy.
CC, mom's turkey never made it to New Years. Cold sandwiches, "hash" ( turkey, gravy, leftover potatoes..) salad, and finally, soup.
Feb 2, 2013 7:05 AM
22Good point Vinny. When I got mine there were a lot of people leaving with the cheap turkeys. If I made it regularly I would probably give it a try but since I only make it once a year, I wasn't going to mess with success.
I've only had deep fried turkey once and I really liked it. We even have a turkey deep frier my in-laws gave us for Christmas one year but my husband isn't into it. We've only used it a few times for chicken. One night I fell over the base and hurt myself pretty bad, it's the only Christmas present I've ever regretted getting. I've never tried grilling turkey but after the horrible experience we had with trying to cook a chicken on the rotisserie of our grill I don't think I will.
Feb 2, 2013 7:13 AM
23That reminds me. Thanksgiving was just Mr. Nutrax and me. So I cut the legs & wings off the turkey and just cooked the breast. The wings went into the stockpot, but the legs are still in the freezer. Time to haul them out and make a braise or a stew.
The really cheap turkeys--the ones that are 25¢ a pound if you buy $100 worth of groceries--are often frozen ones that are a year old and are being unloaded by the turkey processor.
Feb 2, 2013 7:19 AM
24Actually, the turkey we got was frozen, as they all were, but that actually worked out well since I got it 5 days before T-day and it took 5 days to defrost. There are some things that can't be gotten fresh around here.
Oh, and I did also cook the bones and fat into a stock. We used some of it to make gumbo that came out nicely. If all goes well I will eventualy be making a tortilla soup from some of it. Not sure what I'm doing with the rest but I'm sure I'll come up with something - I got a lot of broth out of it.
Feb 2, 2013 7:37 AM
Feb 2, 2013 7:52 AM
26I don't make gravies or sauces that often. We're more likely to make large batches of soups or gumbo or chili. We have a huge freezer in our shed - well that's what we call it for lack of a better word it's 36x12 feet and one of these days we're going to turn 1/2 of it into a guest house so it's not really a shed. But anyway - there's so much sutff in there that we use large containers so we can find them easier and because it's cheaper that way.
Feb 2, 2013 3:51 PM
27Our turkey deep-fryers are sold and used as lobster and clam boilers. Also great for large quantities of corn on the cob. Mine is used annually to boil beets when making pickled beets after the beet harvest. Never had the nerve to try the turkey (It takes gallons of oil.) but an local service club has an annual dinner every summer featuring the deep-fried turkey.
Put yours in the corner of your "Barn" so you don't fall over it.-- "Sheds" are always crowded and less roomy.
Feb 2, 2013 4:57 PM
28We grill our lobsters while marinating them with a mix of lime juice and butter - they come out amazing that way! Deep fried turkey is yummy but it is a lot of oil and a the thought of pulling a huge turkey out of hot oil doesn't do it for me. I'm way to accident prone for that! I even broke my toe recently on my sofa leg!
At the time, the base was outside, my husband had been using it to cook crystals we had dug up at a crystal mine and had left it there. It was close enough to a tree that I wasn't worried about it but there being no light when I was walking back and forth made it hazardous. Now it's in my shed on the side, safe and sound from tripping over. So instead, I tripped over a mesquite trunk that was in front of our grill when I was grilling steak a few months ago. I'm very accident prone!
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