Processing turkeys, how often do you eat turkey?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Steve_of_sandspoultry, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Do you do it just for the holidays? and whole birds?

    We eat turkey probably at least twice a month and we skin them and cut them up for the most part. We have 4 going to the chopping block this morning ....once we get our eyes open. [​IMG]

    Steve in NC
     
  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    I just had 4 done an I have another 6 before thanksgiving to do. I pieced one up and froze all the different parts separately so that I may make smaller meals.

    Actually I was wondering.... I saved the necks and back (from the one that was pieced up) and such from the 4 to make a stock like the one frugal does with chicken. My MOM TOLD ME THAT TURKEY STOCK STINKS WHEN MAKING IT AND TO LOOK OUT? oops caps...
    Anyway does making turkey stock stink, is there any tricks I should know first before trying it, and will it taste similar to chicken stock as I have never had it before.

    Thanks [​IMG]

    To answer your question my Dad loves turkey and has it once a month or so because of cost and size I normally only have it on the holidays but will be having it more this year.

    need great turkey recipes now [​IMG]

    btw the tyurkeys were so easy to catch to take to the processor it made me very sad, although they look delish I wish they were not such a friendly animal.
     
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    I don't think it stinks at all. We cook the drumsticks in a pressure cooker - 15 minutes and at 15 pounds and it's fall of the bone tender. Sharon makes soup from that stock all the time. Then the meat we debone and bag it for turkey tacos, etc etc. We smoked a turkey breast on the smoker yesterday so I should probably not eat today. [​IMG]

    Yes, I'm a turkey pig!

    Steve
     
  4. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've made turkey stock lots of times. It's just like making chicken stock. Unless it's spoiled it certainly doesn't stink. You make it the same way. Just jump in there and you'll have some delicious stock!
     
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Turkey is one of my favorite foods. We used to roast/fry/smoke at least 1 turkey a month. Like chicken, I'd slow cook a stock and then grind up the bones for dog food.

    My 5 turkeys that AHappychick gave me are looking tastier every day. They are also friendlier every day too. Cornish X are so much easier on my conscience than these big lovable BB Whites. [​IMG]
     
  6. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    ok good, maybe my mom was doing something wrong lol I am gonna make it this week [​IMG]
     
  7. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well what day are you gonna do it this month, I will have to check my calender.
     
  8. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would eat turkey every day if I could. It's so versitile. I don't see that it's expensive to buy. Especially this time of the year:) 59 cents a lb...stock up!

    Of course I'm sure that farm fresh is much better. Maybe someday I'll try that.
     
  9. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:Well what day are you gonna do it this month, I will have to check my calender.

    You bring the turkey. I'll process and cook. Then you can use your master carving skills.
     
  10. longranger

    longranger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I eat more and more turkey over the years. I prefer it to chicken if well prepared. Very versatile. My favorite is smoked. For a holiday I will smoke a bird whole but from now on will usually cut it up into legs, wings breast etc.. Can save back for soup. Cutting up allows me to not under or overcook any particular part of the turkey. That invariably happens when I cook a whole turkey. Then anything that will not be eaten within a day or so is vaucum
    packed for freezing or eating later in the week.

    At least one turkey a month.
     

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