Is a 2+ year old Tom to old to eat?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Dawesy, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Dawesy

    Dawesy New Egg

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    Hi wise BYC peeps, I have a bourben red Tom that is 2 1/2 years old and it's time for him to go, we were thinking about eating him for thanksgiving, but don't want to ruin the holiday with a tough old bird, so what do you think, too old to roast? Stew instead? What about brining? We eaten a lot of our own turkeys but they've never been over a year.
    Thanks a lot for any insight,
    Dawsey
     
  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm just guessing, but at 2 1/2, I suspect he should be cooked low and slow. If you want to try roasting him, perhaps for a different meal than the Thanksgiving feast?

    Let us know how he turns out.
     
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    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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  4. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    shredded up as turkey tacos [​IMG]
     
  5. EdenCamp

    EdenCamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Low and slow sure - wild turkeys are eaten as older birds all the time.
    Smoked even? That's low and slow.
    If he's too stringy can always chop the meat up for turkey salad or shaved for sandwiches.
    Deboned and simmered in gravey. Ground for turkey burger.
    If you're having a big "DO" for TG maybe get a small ham too?
    The adults might be picky if it's not to par but the kids won't care!
     

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