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Dumb turkey!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by glassparman, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. glassparman

    glassparman Songster

    Jun 23, 2008
    Mojave, CA
    OK, so I processed my first turkey that I raised here at home.

    I was doing the evisceration and I noticed how large the gizzard was . . . man, that thing is bigger than my fist!

    Anyway, I cut the gizzard open and found a 3 inch nail embedded in it. Where the nail was poking through the gizzard meat, the meat was actually rotting . . . or at least it was a small section of black muck that stunk.

    I don't know where it got the nail as I usually have very clean pens.

    Do you think I should throw out the entire gizzard or just cut away the bad part?
  2. I personally would throw out the whole gizzard...[​IMG]
  3. Bassleg

    Bassleg Songster

    Jul 25, 2008
    Lebanon Oregon
    I wouldn't eat it!!
  4. cackle

    cackle Songster

    Jul 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Yes, you should throw it out. Why take a chance?
  5. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I would say throw it out. I had a guy process my turkeys for me and he told me that bad gizzards are common because of the things they pick up to eat. One of mine actually had a bad liver for some reason and he threw that out too.
  6. glassparman

    glassparman Songster

    Jun 23, 2008
    Mojave, CA
    Well I took everyones advice and threw out the gizzard but boy was the turkey good!

    I tried a simple brine recipe and it was the best I have ever had.

    It's amazing. My wife also bought a store turkey . . . one of those broad breasted bronze boys that are raised in just a few months. He had a lot of meat but also a lot of fat! His wish bone was only half the size of the wish bone from my farm raised turkey and mine had no fat that I could find anywhere!

    I'm sticking with my farm raised birds from now on.


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