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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #25 on: November 27, 2017, 07:33:40 PM »

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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2017, 06:55:24 AM »

"The turkey I bought (I think it was Jennie-o brand) had a pouch of gravy concentrate tucked inside."

Never heard of that before.
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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #27 on: November 28, 2017, 10:41:40 AM »

"The turkey I bought (I think it was Jennie-o brand) had a pouch of gravy concentrate tucked inside."

Never heard of that before.

My butterball had that too, I tossed it.

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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #28 on: November 28, 2017, 10:46:12 AM »

My butterball had that too, I tossed it.

I'd have tossed the turkey and kept the packet.

I HATE Butterballs. They're more like Mushy Meat Balls. I've never had one that's been, as far as I'm concerned, edible. The mouthfeel has always been horrid.
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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #29 on: November 28, 2017, 10:55:19 AM »

I'd have tossed the turkey and kept the packet.

I HATE Butterballs. They're more like Mushy Meat Balls. I've never had one that's been, as far as I'm concerned, edible. The mouthfeel has always been horrid.

yep, pre-brined water injected poultry.
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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2017, 11:18:40 AM »

This one wasn't bad really.  I would have preferred something better, but I wasn't the one grocery shopping.  It picked up some smoke flavor and the texture was acceptable.

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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #31 on: November 28, 2017, 11:26:50 AM »

I'd have tossed the turkey and kept the packet.

I HATE Butterballs. They're more like Mushy Meat Balls. I've never had one that's been, as far as I'm concerned, edible. The mouthfeel has always been horrid.

Should be okay if you overcook it (unstuffed) to squeeze out all the salt water.  Covered roasters are really good for that without it being dry afterwards.  (Pressure cooker too if you don't care how the bird looks when it's done) 

Or if you get a Butterball on sale cheap enough, cut it up like a frying chicken and refreeze it; use it for soup.
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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #32 on: November 28, 2017, 11:40:09 AM »

I really prefer an all natural turkey that I brine myself, but they're getting harder and harder to find in the grocery stores.
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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #33 on: November 28, 2017, 11:45:21 AM »

I really prefer an all natural turkey that I brine myself, but they're getting harder and harder to find in the grocery stores.

Why I love living in Iowa, with all the packing plants nearby we probably have at least 7 or 8 different choices in the grocery store.
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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #34 on: November 28, 2017, 11:58:34 AM »

Empire Kosher Poultry is just down the road from where my parents lived.

Unfortunately they closed their plant store to the public and now only allow employees to purchase there.

The birds were koshered, but you could get them literally an hour off the killing floor if you timed it correctly.
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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2018, 12:25:03 AM »

I want to try Spatchcock turkey.  Told SWMBO next time she sees turkey for a decent price to pick it up and I'll try that method.

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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #36 on: January 04, 2018, 07:20:02 AM »

early December,  I cooked 6 turkeys for a gathering.  One in the oven,  4 deep fried in peanut oil, and one in a Char-Broil "Big Easy" oil less 'fryer'.  The latter was by far, the best of the flock.  I don't brine,  just cook.  All the birds were good, but that last one was really something else. 

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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #37 on: January 04, 2018, 07:21:20 AM »

If you're going to spatchcock a turkey, I'd suggest investing in a good pair of poultry shears.

Makes taking out the back bone a LOT easier.

Just make certain that they are the kind that separate into two halves. Otherwise you'll never get them clean around the hinge.
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Re: How are you guys cooking turkeys this year?
« Reply #38 on: January 15, 2018, 08:30:04 PM »

Little late to this thread but we used a propane powered "air fryer" to do a ham and turkey for Thanksgiving and since then we've done a sirloin and a pork shoulder. I'd say it's 90% as good as an oil fryer without the hassle and cost of oil so it's a win win in my book
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