Thanksgiving Turkey!

posted 1 year ago in Cooking
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Bumble bee

Oh my gosh, I am not laughing at you, but commenting to follow along! DH and I are hosting our first Thanksgiving this year for 8 of us and I am very excited, but also kind of freaking out! I am actually contemplating buying a small turkey this weekend and doing a test run (ok, now laugh at me because I am crazy and neurotic for doing that!!!).

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Buzzing bee

They will have plenty to keep the store stocked. I would buy it at least 3 days before-hand, because it will take about that long for it to defrost.

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Bumble bee

You can buy it at your local grocery store. If you have space in your freezer, you can buy it now and just let it hang in there until a couple days before it’s going to be cooked. The normal rule is that a turkey needs 24 hours per 5 lbs to defrost (in the fridge – don’t thaw at room temp). So if you get a 20 lb turkey, plan on letting it defrost in the fridge for four days!

 

Good luck!

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Buzzing Beekeeper

@KateByDesign:  Why are you buying a frozen one?  Fresh might be easier.  I would do as the previous poster said and do a test run this weekend or next.  Also, call around to different places that have turkeys and see if you need to reserve one.  I would try to find one that is organic/free range.  The meat tastes better!

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Bumble bee

You can buy a turkey now if you have room in your freezer but the good sales are the weekend before Thanksgiving.  I take mine out of the freezer on Sunday afternoon to thaw.  Keep it wrapped and in a big container in the refrigerator.

Good luck!

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Bumble bee

@KateByDesign:  If you have Stop & Shop or Shaws in your area – you can probably go onto their website and search to see how much the turkeys currently are going for. You can expect prices to rise as you get closer to the holiday. 16-20lbs in my area is going for about $30.00.

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Sugar bee

@KateByDesign:  We get our turkey at Trader Joe’s. It’s not frozen, so we pick it up the weekend before Thanksgiving. Like others have said, if you buy a frozen turkey plan on 3-4 days of thawing time in the fridge.

We brine our turkey and it always comes out fabulous. I use salt, honey, apple juice, vegetable broth, water and ice. It all goes inside a small cooler that we use just for brining the turkey.

I can’t find my recipe online, but here’s one:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/good-eats-roast-turkey-recipe/index.html

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Buzzing Beekeeper

@KateByDesign:  I don’t think turkey goes bad in one day.  A frozen turkey will need a few days to thoroughly thaw anyway!

Do you have a pan to cook it in?  What “recipe” are you planning to follow?

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Bumble bee

what meat do you guys eat at Christmas out of interest?

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Bumble bee

@KateByDesign:  Haha, I’m in New England so those are our local chains. Check out a few of your local stores…I’m sure you can find a deal. Normally the stores have the “generic” brands that are cheaper (rather than Butterball or Perdue). When it comes to turkey though…I usually buy a recognizable brand! Oh, and for seasoning…my Mom’s secret is a generous sprinkle of this over the whole bird:

And a wet cheesecloth over the top of the turkey to keep everything moist. :)

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Buzzing bee

Get a fresh one a day or two before. For 10 People you probably want a 12 pound turkey. I like butterball the best. If you don’t stuff it with stuffing then stuff it with veggies ( onion, celery, carrot) they add moisture and flavor. You will need a roasting pan, a meat thermometer and a baster. Cover the bird in butter or oil for a crispy skin and juicy meat. When it is done cooking let it rest for 20 minutes before carving. 

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