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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
This is my favorite thread of the year!
We’re cooking Cornish Game Hens this year.