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Posted on 11/19/2012 10:04:16 AM PST by US Navy Vet
Post thoughts, information and OK Turkey Roasting Instructions(for those who need them).
My husband bought me a turkey roaster a few years back, my oven is not large enough to use it with the top so I am still using the tin foil tent method...which btw makes a delicious bird, but since I’ve started using the bottom half of the roaster I’ve noticed the bird is far more tender and succulent.
Anyone with a big oven and a roaster I advise you to use it, because it’s falling off the bone moist and tender.
As Julia would say, Bon Appetit!
We just had a family Tanksgiving Potluck during a Boy Scout camping weekend. We prepared two 20 lb trashcan turkeys. I really like turkey and have found the trashcan is the absolute best recipe.
Inject thawed turkey with your favorite flavoring. Apply rub spices to skin.
Drive a stake in the ground and install the turkey onto the stake. Invert a steel trash can over the turkey. Place the hot contents of a full large bag of charcoal around the lover perimeter of the trash can and some coals on top. Walk away. In about 2 hours, add more coals. Walk away. After about 3 hours of cooking time, slowly remove trashcan, check turkey temp. If done, remove and carve.
Garnish with gravy, potatoes, stuffing and the ever present green bean casserole and enjoy.
It is undoubtedly the most moist turkey ever,
Thanksgiving is a hoax.
Plymouth was a failed socialist commune.
Why do we put the History of New England, that most Blue of Blue regions, forward as the official History or the USA? The founders of South Carolina were not crazed religious zealots seeking to build a socialist utopia in the New World. Why don't we talk about them and their vision more? Or the founders of New York, Dutch merchants. Or the founders of Maryland? Pilgrims, pilgrims, pilgrims! Their descendents are still ruling over us, and still cooking up ridiculous schemes to redistribute wealth and improve the world, with lots of coercion, all justified by innate moral superiority.
I kinda wish the Indians had poisoned their corn.
Best part of Thanksgiving holiday to me?
Family get togethers!!!
Our rotisserie finally broke after a dozen years.
Best method of cooking turkey/whole chicken/fish fillets
So this year it is back to oven turkey. Unless I can spot
a new rotisserie in nearby stores. Too late for mail order.
Start a new holiday and poison your own corn.
Do you have any sort of drip pan under the turkey while it’s roasting? I just can’t imagine Thanksgiving dinner without gravy...
I did this last year and had tons of compliments. We all like dark meat but with this recipe even the white meat was moist.
Please go away.
So, it’s bah humbug!! for you eh? Well, Merry Christmas then.
No, we did put aluminum foil on the ground but that was just in case the turkey fell. There was a bag of liquid in the turkey cavity with gravy instructions so we used that. It was really good.
My wife and I just got our 5-year old son out of the hospital after a weeks-long stay following a major surgery. We just got home to the Socialist Vermont Republic this morning and we have had no time to buy Thanksgiving stuff. Does anyone know of a decent restaurant chain or other option for a nice Thanksgiving? I’m pretty sure we couldn’t even adequately defrost a turkey at this point.
The operation was to allow our child to eat food for the first time in his life, so I would like to find a place that sells an actual Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, stuffing, etc.). I would love for him to be able to taste all that amazing turkey.
I was thinking VFW or American Legion but can’t get anyone on the phone.
Thanks for any ideas and Happy Holidays everybody.
My wife raises various and sundry types of birds, and this year she had hatched and raised a turkey... It died the day after election day. Kinda symbolic me thinks.
You have PLENTY of time to do Thanksgiving. Look up SPEED THAW online and buy Green Beans(maybe $.65 a can) French Fried Onions, a 5 lb bag of potatoes, Stove Top Dressing and the like. FreePers would LOVE to give you a hand!
I am so sorry to hear about your son. If it was me, I would consider that he may not be up to sitting for a long time (waiting for the courses etc) and that could tire him out. How about a turkey breast? For time, you could buy the frozen pumpkin pies. Not sure what the doctors have recommended but you can use the canned gravy in a fix. Another idea is that many grocery stores offer pre-cooked meals (the turkey) and sides. You could make anything extra you find traditional like the green bean casserole etc.. Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!
Here’s a tip I read about, but haven’t tried yet. If it works, it sounds like a good idea.
Melt a can of cranberry jelly in the top of a double boiler. Pour it into a mold, or several small molds, and refrigerate.
Supposedly it will be just like it was fresh from the can, but in the more attractive shape of your choosing.
What major Grocery Chains are in your area?
I recently saw a grocery store (I think it was Publix) advertising a fully prepared Thanksgiving dinner. Check the grocery stores in your area and see if they have anything like this.
Hubby and I were planning to go to a military base, but I found a turkey for .39¢ a pound, seasoned croutons half off at the Merita store going out of business sale, and fresh pie pumpkins from a local farm. So I’ll be cooking all week.
“Why do we put the History of New England, that most Blue of Blue regions, forward as the official History or the USA?”
Because they won the second civil war and the most recent victor writes the history books. I like Thanksgiving as one of the few good things to come out of New England, along with clam chowder and whaling songs.
Boston Market offers that too. Not cheap, but easy.
Awesome! I hope your son’s first Thanksgiving dinner is wonderful!
I love you guys, thanks everybody!
I heard a report on the radio of a fatal car crash that occurred very early this morning. The first and last names of the victim are the same as a life-long friend of mine who lives in the same county that the crash occured and his is not a common name at all. However, I later learned that the person killed was not my friend. The victim is two years younger than my friend and was also a resident of the same county. I had an hour of dread, panic and worry before it verifiable. Needless to say, I can breathe easier now but for the misfortune of the man who died and I’m feeling just a little bit thankful this afternoon.
For those who freak out over holiday dinners, its all about simple timing rather than frantic time consuming:
Thaw turkey about 3 days in fridge.
Bake the pies and a pan of cornbread (for the stuffing) the day before. Leave the cornbread uncovered on the counter to dry out overnight.
Get up at the reasonable hour of 7 am. Put the eggs on to boil. Enough for deviled eggs and 4-6 more for the giblet gravy and dressing. Wash the bird, cover with foil and put him into the oven (fyi - if you value a moist breast over presentation, bake him breast side down). Put the neck and giblets into a covered pot with water and place it on the back burner that it over the oven vent so that itll cook without any electricity. By then, the eggs should be boiled so turn off the eggs’ burner.
Go sit down with a cup of coffee and relax with the family.
About an hour before the turkey is done (about the 3.5 hour mark for a large bird at 350 degrees), pour off most of the turkey juice to use for the gravy and the dressing. Leave the foil off and return the turkey to the oven to finish cooking and browning the skin. During that hour, put together the side dishes.
When the bird comes out of the oven, put in the side dishes so they bake while hes resting. Cover him back up with the foil to keep warm and moist.
Go sit down with the family until the sides are done.
Many churches have pot lucks for members, and others. They should be especially happy that your son’s life is hopefully changing for the better.
I hope he has a long and fruitful life. But, just remember, some of us are not here for very long and go to be with Him.
No matter what, keep the faith, have a wonderful THANKSgiving and a beautiful CHRISTmas.
Yes, a turkey can be made in the microwave. One year I brought the thawed turkey out to the old farm place but didn’t realize the oven wasn’t working properly. Thankfully, the micowave was large enough for the bird. I covered his ankles and nuked him checking on him and turning every so often. Since there was nowhere for the steam to escape, he turned out very moist and not one bit dried out. The family talked for years about how good that turkey was.
I like Boston Market.
Ready made mashed potatoes in the refrigerator case. Bob Evans is a good brand. Warm in the microwave.
If there is a Marie Callendar’s near you, they have a pretty good turkey feast on Thanksgiving. I took my mom 2 or 3 times while she was in assisted living.
Plus the pies are awesome!
No time to buy stuff? Heck, I’ll be headed to the store this afternoon so there’s still time. If you get the bird today, there’s still enough time for him to thaw enough in the fridge. By the time you wash him off Thursday morning and get out the innards, he’ll thawed enough for the oven. Go for it!
Most restaurants could do a take out. Many grocery store deli do the whole meal. The only problem is too often they make powdered potatoes and nasty gravy. If you can swing it at home, it’d be tastier.
All the best to young FRiend there.
Put Turkey in the oven
Turn dial to 1000 degrees.
Leave turkey in oven for 48 hours.
Ta-dah! And here is your turkey:
Take turkey and wrap it in turkey bacon
Cook it until done
Then gobble gobble gobble it up
Now that’s a turkey to give thanks for!
The best cook in the family is doing Thanksgiving this year, so looking forward to it! She is a master of turkey, she says her trick is to use a digital thermometer and pull it out of the oven when it is 10 degrees less than the recommended temperature then let it sit and finish cooking on its own.
Christmas buying is much less stressful this year as well, all the liberal family members are just getting a case of Rush Limbaugh’s tea. My way of going Galt and only purchasing from conservatives wherever possible. I’ll put much more thought and effort into gifts for my few right minded family members.
We started a new tradition of going out for Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago after years of all work and no play for us “womenfolk”. It has been great. - We have sometimes gone over to the State Park near us which serves a grand buffet at lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving. We go over at night for the uncrowded dinner buffet. - Too crowded at lunch time. - Also, Shoney’s isn’t horrible on Thanksgiving if you go early. - Our local mom & pop restaurant also serves Thanksgiving lunch, and it’s okay.
This is my favorite thread of the year!
If you’re in or near Burlington, try North End Rotisserie. (802) 489-5268 Happy Thanksgiving. You have a lot to be thankful for this year!
No thank you. Have a nice holiday. Regardless of its historic roots it's nice to spend time with our family.
Love your ‘man’s guide to cooking a turkey’ LOL
As the eldest of seven, I had to help Mom in the kitchen from an early age. By the time I was a young bachelor on my own, there wasn’t a whole lot I didn’t know about culinary basics.
Even still, I usually wound up at Mom & Dad’s for Thanksgiving for years and years, and never attempted to pull off cooking such a major meal by myself.
The first and only time I tried it, I was in my mid thirties, and I’ve gotta say, I’m still proud to this day about how that meal came out. I was even prouder, because I didn’t call Mom a single time to ask her how to do something ;-)
We’re cooking Cornish Game Hens this year.
I will be marinating my turkey in jerk seasoning and then smoking it early in the morning for about 4-6 hours. I will use the left over seasoning to flavor the stuffing, which will be baked in the oven.
Something to contemplate on Thursday:
1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation
It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.
We know that by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.
But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father Who dwelleth in the heavens.
October 3, 1863
I was sick as a dog one Thanksgiving. Lil’ Miss had given me pneumonia not once but twice. I couldn’t get out of bed but managed to give 12 year old Lil’ Miss about three dinner instructions. She did the whole thing herself and I couldn’t have done any better.
I did the grocery shopping this afternoon and with a 21 lb turkey and all the sides, the grocery bill (including a guess at $5 for seasonings and other on hand pantry stuff) is just shy of $35. The turkey was $21 but nothing else was on sale. Ha, yahoo.com with their skimpy one pie divided up for 10 guests and awful menu came in at $100.
We do two turkeys —
The big one in the oven, brined, stuffed and slow roasted.
And the second, smaller bird — in the smoker!
At the end of the day, there is NEVER any leftover smoked turkey. Gone!
Damn, that's heartwarming. If that ain't a picture of what our American life is all about, I don't know what is. Thank you for bringing us all back down to earth, bgill.
What a beautiful and poignant Lincoln quote. Thank you for sharing it Miss Magnolia.