Monday, November 15, 2010

Turkey Time!!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Where has the time gone? I love Fall. The leaves, the chilly air, the fire in the wood stove!! Can't wait to see how that brings our heating bill down... Woohoo!!

Anyway, Thanksgiving is soon upon us and that makes me think about food. I decided this year to buy a turkey fresh from the farm. I missed the cutoff dates for that, and anything local was already paid for. Drat. Where else is a girl to go? I ended up at the butchers counter at my local Whole Foods. I love those meat slingers. They always take good care of me. I decided to order my turkeys, yes plural, from them. They carry a regular ol broad breasted turkey and many other variations. I settled on a regular ol turkey and an heirloom variety turkey. I have heard people rave about the flavor of an heirloom turkey and I can't wait to try it.

Here's the catch..... I don't even cook Thanksgiving dinner!! I am buying these turkeys to process and freeze for later use. I plan on slicing these up into cutlets, breast pieces, ground meat, turkey legs, stock and whatever else I can think of!! It is turkey season, so they are fresh and the prices are good. Hopefully my Mom is going to help me cut them up. I have cut up chickens but for some reason, turkey seems intimidating. I am borrowing her meat grinder too. What am I getting myself into? Delicious meat to be on hand. Actually, I am looking forward to this adventure. I will let you know how it goes!


Joy said...

I cut up my first turkey three years ago and it is not as hard as you'd think. Just make sure you have a good butcher's knife. I wanted a fresh turkey too but only wanted to roast the breast meat for our big dinner. I cut off the wings and leg quarters, which I browned and used along w/ the neck and such for the best gravy I had ever made. Then I roasted the breasts to perfection. It was all so heavenly! I love Thanksgiving!

Jacoline said...

Have fun; I understand your choice of buying the meat in large portions, because it's in season now. I love stocking up that way! It's so fun thinking about what to do with it! Enjoy!


meemsnyc said...

I've never heard of a heirloom turkey! Cool.

Jen said...

Check back the week after Thanksgiving too. Prices REALLY drop then. I always get a fresh turkey the weekend after for about a third of the price.

Estee Joy said...

I was invited over to a French/American families home last night for a Thanksgiving meal. Mmmm, lovin' the turkey. Your a smart girl to stock up on it.

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