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What is the difference between a turkey and a chicken in terms of taste, look and preparation?

I am interested in sourcing a turkey and cooking it. It's not that easy to get a turkey from where I am. I am only wondering if it would be worthwhile to do so. Having never eaten a turkey, I can't ...
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Is it safe to smoke a 20lb turkey?

I just spatchcocked a 12 lb turkey, smoked it in temperature around 225-275 F (107-135 C) for about 3 hours. I did it in a kamado joe classic 3 with SloRoller. It came out amazing. Fully cooked, ...
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Ground Turkey “with natural flavoring”

I notice that Foster Farms brand ground turkey (in Calif, USA) is actually labeled "Ground Turkey with natural flavoring". I am curious what sort of "natural flavoring" Foster ...
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Turkey defrosting in water too long? [duplicate]

So I accidentally left my defrosting turky in sink of cold water in my cold garage for 24hrs as a work emergency came up. I am wondering if it will still be safe to cook? it feels cold. Ugh..I have ...
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i have a 18 pound turkey can i brine it for 35 hours in a wet brine? [duplicate]

help me please i’m already brining my turkey im 13 trying to cook this turkey. the brine has a small scoop of sugar, some bay leaves, peppercorns, and a few slices of lemon can i keep bring it until ...
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How long to cook at turkey for at low temperature in a convection oven?

For the past few years I have been cooking turkey using a low temperature method, using the Splendid Table recipe. In short: after a 45 minute blast at 450 F to kill the bacteria on the skin and in ...
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How to bake extra turkey legs along with a whole turkey?

I have bought 4 Turkey turkey legs that I would like to serve at the same time as the rest of the turkey. I am baking the turkey. At what point in time during the baking do I add the additional ...
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Open turkeys too soon

We opened our turkeys and put them in a bucket of ice water. I have not added herbs and salt yet, but there is a week before Thanksgiving. Will the turkeys be ruined if I add the brine now? Should I ...
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Turkey frying oil temperature issues

Thanksgiving and Christmas of last year I tried my hand at frying a turkey. Everything was fine but I could never seem to get the peanut oil up to 350℉ (175℃). I followed Alton Brown's Recipe but ...
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Thaw / Brine partially frozen turkey at the same time [duplicate]

I’ve found sites that say it’s ok to start a brine for a partially frozen turkey. My question is, when you thaw a turkey using the cold water method, they say to change the water every 30 minutes. If ...
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Deep frying a half turkey

I’ve successfully deep fried my Thanksgiving turkey for the last several years using a 30 qt pot and a poultry rack. This year, due to COVID, it’ll just be my household so we’ll need a lot less ...
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Recipes of Turkish drinks in Voltaire's Novel

There are some description of Turkish drinks in Voltaire's novel 'Candide', written in 1759 - presented them with several sorts of sherbet, which they had made themselves, with kaimak enriched with ...
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Turkey took 2 hours longer in oven with no bottom element

Our Christmas turkey, which, according to weight, should have only taken 3 hours to cook, was in for almost 6 hours and still was not quite done at the bone. My oven is new, but does not have a ...
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How long is it safe to eat left-out Lasagna [duplicate]

Last night I made a large portion of lasagna (ground turkey, cheese, spaghetti sauce). I wanted to let it cool down before placing it in the refrigerator, but I forgot to put it away last night. I ...
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Does wrapping turkey while resting make the skin soggy

I normally rest turkey (in 16 - 24 lb range) for 45 - 60 minutes, loosely tented in foil only. I'm looking at a number of suggestions for longer resting time*, but they usually refer to tenting the ...
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How can I avoid my patties bulging in the middle?

When cooking beef or turkey patties on the skillet, I often end up with them bulging in the middle. See photo below. One patty is bulging like crazy, the other is more normal. This bulging results in ...
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How much and what seasoning to should I use in a turkey brine?

Brining at its basic level is about opening the cell structure of the meat with salt and allowing osmotic action to take effect and allow the meat to become a bit juicier and bring a salty flavor to ...
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How long can I store Cooked Turkey in Refrig before Freezing? [duplicate]

How long can I store Cooked Turkey in Refrig before Freezing? I bought an Organic Turkey early for Thanksgiving and cooked it. It's been in my Refrig for a week and I'd like to trim and freeze parts ...
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How cold can a brining turkey get before freezing?

If I brine a turkey in a solution of 1/2 cup of salt per 1 gallon of distilled water, how do I tell how cold it can get before the brine freezes? Here in America, we all know water freezes at 32 ...
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Why should I put a whole onion in the turkey fryer?

Happy Thanksgiving! I am getting ready to fry a turkey and the instructions say that I should put a whole onion in with the turkey and oil. What would be the purpose of this? Thanks!
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Considerations for frying a Turkey in Arctic Weather

How does extreme cold (think wind chill of -40°F (-40°C) to maybe -80°F (-62°C) affect deep frying a turkey? Can it be done, and if so what do I need to keep in mind?
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Frying a turkey while snowing

Light snow is in the forecast for Thanksgiving. I plan on deep frying the turkey. I have deep fried turkey before. I know what to do and what not to do: I wear layers of clothing, goggles, lower/...
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How to cook a Turkey in the Microwave?

I wish to expedite the cooking process of my turkey this year. How do I cook a full 25 lb. turkey in the microwave? It must be edible - preferably delicious!
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What do I do if my turkey is done way too early?

From a user who posted as an answer elsewhere: I cooked the 22 pound turkey way to early. It's done at 10:30 and we aren't eating till 4:00. Right now I have it sitting in the roaster covered with ...
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Why did my Turkey Stock turn into gelatin?

We took our left-over turkey carcass and parts and simmered them for a few hours with water in a pot with some herbs and veggies. After removing the solids, and separating the fat, we placed it in ...
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Fresh turkey cooking for 2 hours but no juices appearing in pan why

I have been cooking a fresh 25lb turkey at 350 degrees for 2 hours so far and there are no juices in pan. What’s the reason and is that a problem? There is no stuffing in turkey and it is not in a ...
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Can a frozen turkey be “fresh”? [duplicate]

In the US, turkeys labelled "fresh" can't be held (by the retailer) below 26F. The idea, as I've understood it, is that fresh turkeys aren't supposed to be frozen. Well, one that I bought last year ...
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Breaking down a turkey for storage - brine before or after freezing?

The subject should sum this up. We're taking advantage of the seasonal prices for 2 fresh turkeys which I'm breaking down into boneless breasts, thighs, and legs to be frozen for future use. The back ...
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Turkey vs Chicken broth

I've tried to research this but can't find much on it. Most explanations don't really address what I am seeing in my soup pot each time I boil up a used bird. These are already cooked birds and are ...
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Stewing meat with vinegar or adding it after

Wild turkey legs are rather tough, and some hunters even throw them away, but I decided to give it a shot in a slow cooker set at the lowest setting for 8 hours, with vegetables. I definitely like ...
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Turkey Dinners For A Group of 140 People

I am cooking turkey dinner for 140 people at our church. My meal consist of turkey, stuffing balls, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, noodles in gravy, and cole slaw. I am not sure of the ...
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Tool/shears for cutting the backbone out of turkey

Because I like the dark meat of turkey cooked differently than the white meat, this year I cut my Thanksgiving turkey into parts for cooking and it turned out great. I don't plan to ever roast a whole ...
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I have two days to thaw a 16 pound turkey; Can I start thawing it in cold water, and do the rest in the fridge?

The calculator here: http://www.butterball.com/how-tos/thaw-a-turkey says I need about four days of thawing, and I only have two. Can I cold water thaw it at the start, and let the rest thaw in the ...
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Keep or remove skin when grinding poultry?

After reading this I made "burgers" with ground chicken thigh. (Didn't have turkey thighs handy.) I have the feeling chicken thighs have plenty of fat, so less likely to dry out than turkey, but it ...
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Thoroughly cooking stuffing in a Turkey

I like to cook stuffing in the bird because I think it imparts flavors you just can't achieve cooking it out of the bird. The problem is, it's virtually impossible to get the stuffing to 165F/74C ...
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Ground turkey raw in crockpot

I forgot to cook turkey first. How long should I cook ground turkey on high in crockpot? It’s one pound of ground turkey already defrosted in spaghetti sauce. It’s already in it. It’s the original ...
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Can I decrease salty flavor after brining a turkey?

I brined my turkey but it came out tooooo salty. Any suggestions to save it? It's really good, juicy and tasty. I will cut it up and cook in turkey gravy, but is there something I can do to remove ...
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Is it ok to Brine a turkey ahead of roasting time

I would like to brine my turkey on Tuesday. Take it out of the brine Wednesday, rinse it and keep it in the refrigerator until I roast it on Thursday. Is this ok?
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Is it too dangerous to smoke a stuffed turkey?

Sorry if this is a redundant question, but I'm finding conflicting advice about this: If I want to smoke an ~18 lb turkey, is there a great risk of it spending too much time in the temperature "danger ...
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For kosher thanksgiving roasted turkey, is oil a good substitute for butter for brushing the turkey?

For a kosher thanksgiving roasted turkey, is oil a good substitute for butter for brushing the turkey?
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Is the oily liquid from roasting a turkey worth keeping?

I placed a 14 lb young Round Hill Frozen Basted Turkey in a pan, and roasted it inside an oven. After it was roasted, there was quite an amount of oily liquid left in the pan. Is this liquid worth ...
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What is the hole in this turkey?

Above the wing there is a hole. What kind of deformity is on this bird??
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Apple cider vinegar in roasting pan

I am smoking a turkey and don’t have broth to use in the base of the roasting pan. The turkey was brined over night. I was thinking of putting the turkey on a bed of celery and carrots with 3 cups of ...
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Small turkey for practice

Thanksgiving is getting closer and I want to cook a turkey. However, I want to cook a test turkey first. Problem is, the turkeys in the grocery stores will be massive, and I just want to practice on ...
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Traditional Easter Turkey

I was talking to my butcher today who told me that lamb is a fairly recent favourite at Easter and that turkey used to be traditional (in England) I spoke to my mum and she confirmed that her parents ...
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Baked Ground Turkey

I would like to cook 8 ounces of ground turkey in a Pyrex dish in the oven but have not tried this before and do not want to ruin the meat. So I thought I would ask for advice first. The catch is, I ...
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What are these dark areas in turkey meat?

I have some amount of prepackaged sliced turkey meat that otherwise smells and tastes good. Today though I noticed that a few slices have darker spots in them, like as shown in below photo. A vast ...
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Troubleshooting braised turkey legs dry and tough

I've tried twice to follow the instructions for braised turkey legs in "The Food Lab" by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. It is very similar to this recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/11/red-wine-...
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Turkey Fry Smoking Oil

I am trying to deep fry a turkey for the first time. I let the oil get too hot and it was smoking very heavily for several minutes (10 minutes), but I was able to get the temp down where its not ...
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Brining a kosher bird

How should I adjust the salinity of a brine when using a kosher turkey? Some reccomendations suggest decreasing the salinity of the brine, but how much? My recipe is two quarts of water with 1 c. of ...