Well how was your turkey?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Steve_of_sandspoultry, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    We had a White Holland hen, cooked it at 325 and turned it up to 350 for about the last hour. When I took it out of the oven the breast temp was around 180. I forgot to take the top off the roaster so it wasn't browned on top. It was very tender and juicy, when we carved it the juice just pored out. [​IMG]

    One thing we did notice was she wasn't as flavorful as an older bird. Most of the turkeys we eat are culls at anywhere from a year to 3 years old and they seem to have a stronger turkey flavor.

    Steve in NC
     
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  2. High Roost Ranch

    High Roost Ranch The Chicken Whisperer

    I'm not sure what was served at dinner yesterday at the inlaws house. It was store bought. And what I have to cook today for our home meal is also store bought. I've not had the heart to process any of our turkeys. Call me chicken, but the turkeys are happy about it, LOL.
     
  3. The wife injected the turkey with a spice juice this year. DUDE, it was really tastey. She is so good at cooking. Pretty simple this year as the families are spread about and some even had to work. Lost of left overs. I can not eat like I used to, the ol' body just will not tolerate it.
     
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was quite good. Store bought. I'm especially fond of the ones that have the little pop-out thingy that tells you when it's done.

    The real fun occurred when I tossed the carcass to the chickens! HA! That was a blast!
     
  5. JP33

    JP33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, my wife and I wound up foregoing previous plans in lieu of letting the chickens out in their new run. Before we knew it, it was 1 pm and knew we wouldn't make it to family Thanksgiving in Ms 1 and a 1/2 hrs away. So at the last minute (literally) we wound up making a mad dash for a just out of the oven smoked Whole Foods Turkey. Definitely one of the best turkeys we've ever eaten and devoid of growth hormones and antibiotics to boot. We were able to get trimmings too, which were really good. So, we watched chicken tv and did a chimnea, it was wonderful, just the wife and I and the chickens!


    ...JP
     
  6. domino7

    domino7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a store bought turkey too. It's hard to beat $.39 per pound. I stopped doing anything extra to turkeys long ago. I take it out of the bag, rinse it, and throw it in the oven till the button pops. As always, it was delicious. I didn't read the bag, but I would assume that it had already been injected with a brine solution.
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Our's was a little dry, but I like the white meat that way.

    I still feel stuffed!
     
  8. boxermom

    boxermom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did my first BR. It fit in the roaster but without the lid. Legs were too long. The top half was done and delicious. The lower half did not get finished, [​IMG] so I had to continue cooking while we were dining. I don't know about that oven. It seems to always mess up my "big" dinner plans. I already told DH that for Christmas, the bigger bird will be cooked in the canning kitchen in the barn. THAT oven is reliable. [​IMG]

    The white meat was juicy and delicious. I'm more of a wing/thigh person, so leftovers will be delightful today! [​IMG]
     
  9. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    This was the second BBW we ate that I raised this year. The first we deep fried and it was great. yesterday I did one the traditional way. It was a little over 9 lbs and came out PERFECT the white meat was nice and moist and none of it was over or under cooked. Everyone said it was the best turkey ever.

    This was my first time raising turkeys and I will def. do it again every year to come [​IMG]

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  10. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a Butterball [​IMG] because my friends where I ate dinner had a Coupon for the store. It was juicy but bland. On Sunday I'll report back on one of my Bourbon Reds because we're having it for a big family birthday celebration. I'm sure it will be much tastier!

    By the way, what is the difference between white meat and dark meat? I've always preferred the dark meat (has more flavor) but I'm just curious why there are 2 kinds of meat in a bird: Are they different nutritionally?
     

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