turkey oil gland?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chickensducks&agoose, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    I removed all the oil glands from my 19 meaties this fall, and just had my 3 turkeys done today... do i need to remove the oil gland here too?
  2. MovieFanz

    MovieFanz Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2010
  3. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    I just helped carve 15 turkeys for my church's community Thanksgiving meal. I noticed that everyone still had the tail and gland attached. Makes me wonder about the importance of removing the tail....
  4. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    I always remove the tail just out of habit but on a turkey it isn't as developed/large as it is on a chicken.

  5. protodon

    protodon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2009
    I just butchered 3 turkeys yesterday and forgot to remove that gland on the first one then forgot again after I had wrapped it. I will remember to remove it before cooking but it also got me thinking how important it really is to remove that tiny little thing. I highly doubt that oil is going to make it into any of the breast or leg meat of a roasted bird and the bird is already covered in that oil right after you butcher it seeing as how that's what the bird has been using to preen itself for it's entire life. I think it's just one of those things that got passed down from one person to the next because 'that's what I heard'

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