Thanksgiving Turkey

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by mullers3acers, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!

    My husband butchered our Thanksgiving turkey last night. All 49 lbs of her. She barely fits in the fridge and the oven. He wanted to cut her in half but I was selfish and wanted bragging rights of cooking her for 30 people. We honestly thought she was only about 30 lbs. At least we'll have leftovers this year.
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wow!!! That's a big turkey. [​IMG]

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2007
  3. palabeco

    palabeco Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    S.W. PA
    How many hours (or days lol) will you need to cook it?
  4. Nichole77

    Nichole77 Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    49lbs oh my gravy, and potatoes. Wow
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Need details!

    What kind of turkey was she?

    How old was she?

    About how much food did she go though?

    How did butchering go?

    What did you use to scald the thing in? A 55 gallon drum![​IMG]

    EDIT: Is that dressed or live weight?
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2007
  6. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Dang mine weighed in at 39 lbs and I thought that was big.

    Dont know about you but yes I did use a 55 gal drum for scalding!
  7. BJ

    BJ Songster

    Mar 20, 2007
    Must see pictures!!!!
  8. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I'm jealous... I was raising turkeys for thanksgiving and christmas, but the darn things disappeared one evening while we weren't home. [​IMG] No free range turkeys for me and mine! [​IMG]

    It's my own fault though, should have had better protection for them. *sigh* I'll be better prepared for it next time!
  9. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In

    She was a broad breasted white; She and the other four who didn't survive arrived in April,2007. She ate with the hens, we fed them chick starter in the beginning,then cracked corn, then when the pigs went to market in the middle of Oct. we started feeding them all pig feed so it wouldn't go to waste.

    When my husband and youngest daughter butchered her they wrapped her in a large garbage bag;tied her legs and you know the rest.

    To scaled her we have a very large cast iron pot( like the ones you see in peoples' yards with plants in them)

    Yes that is dressed weight.

    We figured we are going to have to cook her for at least fourteen hour give or take. We just put her in the oven at 10:20 p.m. Nov. 21, 2007. Dinner is set for 1:00 pm Nov 22.
  10. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    that is so amazing. congrats!

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