NFR How big is your turkey?

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  1. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    I have not bought my bird yet. I do have Pinot Noir though. That will start at 10:00 AM. I also have a day after turkey day trip to a steelhead river planned. I don't think this one will blow.

    Go Sox,
    cds
     
  2. jessejames

    jessejames Flyslinger

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    My wife would say her turkey is about 225 pounds:)
     
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  3. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    mine is of unknown size, But since I'll be over fishing Rufus Woods lake it will most likely be cooked to perfection at the casino in Grand coulee.
     
  4. Gary Knowels

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    Casino Turkey...maybe cook to perfection-ish
     
  5. Dave Boyle

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    "It's not how big your turkey is that matters, it's how you stuff it."
    One reason i love WFF is the good humor but that that just killed me! Post of the year, inyourendo at it's best.

    Happy turkey day to all folks!

    Dave
     
  6. jessejames

    jessejames Flyslinger

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    On a serious note.. Large turkeys 16# and over are very difficult to cook effectively. By the time you get the bird thouroughy cooked the breast meat is so dry it is inedible. If we have a large group to feed I will cook two 10-12 pound birds. I will roast until the breast meat juices run clear. Often the thighs are not done at this point so I will cut them off and finish them in the microwave while I am slicing the perfectly juicy breast meat.
    Big Birds should be eliminated just ask Mitt.
    jesse
     
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  7. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    jesse, you'd be surprised how juicy the breasts of a big turkey are when smoked at relatively low heat over a pan of water. M-m-m-m-m-m-m...
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  8. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

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    Got my 12 lb. bird in the brine last night.
    3qts cold water
    2qts apple juice
    3 oranges quartered
    1 lb brown sugar
    3/4 C. kosher salt
    15 whole cloves
    6 cloves garlic
    6 bay leaves

    Smells wonderful!!!
     
  9. jessejames

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    Do you think that the spices and herbs change the flavor of more than the skin? I have brined my birds for several years but have used just salt and water the last few times. I haven't noticed a difference between the complex brines and just the saltwater brine.
    I know that brining makes a difference, the bird is much juicier especially the breast meat.
     
  10. Gary Knowels

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    Jesse, I think it does. We brine for 2 days, but we also use a needler which I think helps.
     
  11. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

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    I've never done it any other way so I can't say with any authority that it makes a big difference, but I would think it does since the brine is getting into the cavity of the bird also. If nothing else, it makes me appear to know what I'm doing, even if that is NOT the case!:D
     
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  12. Matthew LeBret

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    22.6 lb bird
    Citrus wet brine started soaking yesterday
     
  13. NukeLDO

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    Venison chops with parsnips and turnips, fresh green beans, summer squash (all veggies from the garden), pecan pie (pecans fresh off the tree in my back yard)....and my 20 year old daughter coming to visit.
     
  14. Bill Aubrey

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    Mine must have been part steelhead--long distance release. Free range bastard! I'd guess it went a good 15 pounds, seeing what it did to the oak fly.
     
  15. Mark Walker

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    >>>>> 8 - 15 lb. Turkey >>>>> 1 cup melted butter >>>>> 1 cup stuffing (Pepperidge Farm is Good) >>>>> 1 cup un-popped popcorn (ORVILLE REDENBACHER'S LOW FAT IS BEST) >>>>> Salt/pepper to taste >>>>> >>>>> Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush turkey well with melted butter, salt, and pepper. >>>>> >>>>> Fill cavity with stuffing and popcorn. Place in baking pan making sure the neck end is toward the front of the oven, not the back. >>>>> >>>>> After about 4 hours listen for the popping sounds. >>>>> >>>>> When the turkey's ass blows the oven door open and the bird flies across the room,.... it's done. >>>>> >> And you thought I couldn’t cook..
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