18 month old turkey

fowlangel52

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Jun 10, 2010
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I Got Some Spannish Black Turkeys Last June And This Year I Hatched Out 20 Poults

So I Was Wondering Should We Butcher The Older Turkeys At Thanksgiving And Raise

The New Poults Cause They Will Be Laying In The Spring Next Year
 

KOTurkeyRanch

Songster
10 Years
Jul 8, 2009
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Id say eat the new poults. The younger ones will taste better. The old ones wont be as good, but still, they would be good. Its all up to you though.
 

OmaBird

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May 10, 2010
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The best turkey I ever ate was a 18 month old. It seem on the heritage turkeys it takes a while to develop good juicy fat. Like it is marbled in fat. To me this turkey was better than any prime rib and tasted simular. Was like butter to cut.
 

Steve_of_sandspoultry

Crowing
10 Years
Apr 4, 2009
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Older birds we skin them and cut them up. It will give you 2 nice sized breast fillets. Then we seperate the leg 1/4's and debone the thighs ( the thighs you can cook as is or they make great sausage) The drumsticks and wings we put in a pressure cooker - 10 minutes at 15 pounds and it's falling off the bone. You can use that meat in all kinds of dishes.

Steve
 

OmaBird

Songster
9 Years
May 10, 2010
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Since you want this for Thankgiving here is a few recipes that I can highly recomend. I love turkey and I love to cook. Here is a Good Eats/Alton Brown recipe for brined turkey. It is one of the easiest tasty brined turkey that I have made. It has 2,806 that reviewed and gave it 5 stars. The second recipe has alot more ingredience but also good.

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


http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/brined-herb-roasted-turkey-recipe/index.html

If
anyone want some of my favorite recipes just ask. I have all types including tried and true fried turkey.
 

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