Free Bird is just a Skynard Song.
Turkey time means turkey deals. Perhaps. If you’re in the market for disappointment. Now I’m not going to say that all frozen turkeys are bad but the ones that they are giving away probably are.
You’ve seen the signs. Spend $10 and the turkey is free. Great if the budget is tight but this is one area that you really get what you pay for. This turkey could in fact be from last year! Just sitting in a freezer for 12 months going through daily defrost cycles and refreezing – 365 times since its last appearance.
Think of the turkey as a big orange. The little cells of juice in an orange are just like the tiny capsules of fat in a turkey. Once frozen. Ruined forever.
“Self basting” turkeys are injected with sodium solutions in an attempt to compensate for juices lost in cooking. Not my idea of wholesome holiday cooking but it is a tool some will need. The trick here is to baste with fat. If you baste with the pan juice – a watery juice – you will essentially rinse the fat from the meat. Just what you do not want to do. Best idea is to brush with melted butter and possibly take it to another level by flavoring the butter with lots of fresh herbs. The pan juices will benefit and you can separate the fat from the juice as the turkey rests for awhile prior to carving.
A fresh capon is the height of poultry. This gender neutral bird develops naturally into lusciously fatty flightless fowl. If you have the availability of fresh capons, I could not recommend them more.
If you are really freaking a bit about your kitchen chores forthcoming and have a question, please email me or Skype me at FoodieDaddy Wednesday night from 5-9 and all day Thanksgiving day. I’ll walk you through it.
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