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(Mother Jones)   You've probably already bought your Butterball for Thanksgiving this year, but next time think about Big Turkey and the market they've gobbled up   (motherjones.com) divider line 41
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2013-11-27 12:36:30 PM
I am making grilled duck breast and duck leg confit for Thanksgiving.  Turkey is boring.
 
2013-11-27 12:38:12 PM

Endive Wombat: I am making grilled duck breast and duck leg confit for Thanksgiving.   Turkey is boring.



Not if you deep fry it.....like my Dad is going to do tomorrow.

But if you want some REAL excitement, fry the turkey while it's still frozen.  (Or just watch the yahoos who did it on YouTube.)
 
2013-11-27 12:59:33 PM

The_Sponge: Endive Wombat: I am making grilled duck breast and duck leg confit for Thanksgiving.   Turkey is boring.


Not if you deep fry it.....like my Dad is going to do tomorrow.

But if you want some REAL excitement, fry the turkey while it's still frozen.  (Or just watch the yahoos who did it on YouTube.)


Yeah, I've made fried turkey, brined and injected it...it was fine.  Butt...I...I am a better, more talented chef than that.  Does that make any sense?

I cannot wait to see the videos this coming weekend that hit YouTube of people blowing themselves up, lighting the deck on fire...
 
2013-11-27 01:05:19 PM
So, the cost goes down and makes more food affordable by more people...and that's a bad thing because the farmers are hampered by rising food costs (because of ethanol boom).

Solution, eliminate the ethanol subsidies (then THOSE farmers will be suffering) which is bad.
 
2013-11-27 01:18:19 PM

slayer199: So, the cost goes down and makes more food affordable by more people...and that's a bad thing because the farmers are hampered by rising food costs (because of ethanol boom).

Solution, eliminate the ethanol subsidies (then THOSE farmers will be suffering) which is bad.


No matter how you try and spin it, animal welfare is not taken into account, and concentrated feeding operations (CAFOs) are the norm...and that has got to change in my opinion.  Our food prices are artificially low due to government subsidies and tax cuts, add to that the laxed rules on animal welfare, etc.

I am not sure where I am going with my rant...I will step off my soap box now...
 
2013-11-27 01:31:47 PM
I got my turkey (Publix store brand) for $0.59/lb. If Butterball is bad, this must be like turkey hell.
 
2013-11-27 01:50:18 PM
Bowman & Landes for the win.  The family matriarchs have been buying these almost since day 1.
 
2013-11-27 01:51:22 PM
Deep frying a turkey and a duck. $.62 for the turkey, expecting to purchase ten turkeys for far less on Monday on sale to fill the freezer. Cheap eats.

Kudos to an old employer who when in WWII when employees complained they could not get a turkey, bought a turkey farm on Long Island and started a tradition of a free turkey to every employee the week before Thanksgiving.
 
2013-11-27 01:58:01 PM

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2013-11-27 02:04:49 PM
$1.38/lb for Butterball? People in Wisconsin are getting ripped off.
I got mine for $1.08/lb at one of the local supermarkets, I think Albertson's.

CAFOs aren't ideal, and they absolutely should have to follow the same pollution regulations as any other big industry, but reality is without them you aren't going to keep up with Thanksgiving turkey demand with a bunch of 50 bird operations, even if people are willing to pay $4.50/lb for it.
 
2013-11-27 02:09:22 PM
We get our from a local farm, pre-smoked. It's quite good.
 
2013-11-27 02:24:45 PM

Endive Wombat: I am making grilled duck breast and duck leg confit for Thanksgiving.  Turkey is boring.


Since I'm only cooking for my husband and me, I'm making venison.  Turkey is boring.
 
2013-11-27 02:27:58 PM
Yeesh......Mother Jones must be really trying to bring everyone down before Thanksgiving.
 
2013-11-27 02:31:51 PM

The_Sponge: Yeesh......Mother Jones must be really trying to bring everyone down before Thanksgiving.


As opposed to the other 364 days in the year?
 
2013-11-27 02:54:50 PM
As a Wisconsinite, the prices quoted are not close to what I have been seeing, outside of "pic-n-save"(Roundy's) who is screwing over Wisconsin and Minnesota on pricing and service to expand into Chicago. Death to Chairman Boob!
 
2013-11-27 03:15:54 PM
I dont celebrate bullshiate thanksgiving.

Sit around like some fool and eat turkey? Thats the day your forefathers jerked me.
 
2013-11-27 03:39:11 PM

Endive Wombat: I am making grilled duck breast and duck leg confit for Thanksgiving.  Turkey is boring.


My son is with his mom on Thanksgiving day, so we had our dinner this past Sunday. As it was just the two of us, I roasted a duck.  It was wonderful.  Duck is a worthy member of the 'delicious bird' food group.
 
2013-11-27 03:39:30 PM
Turkey? *pfft*

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2013-11-27 03:50:37 PM
wild turkey are practically an epidemic in the north east right now. get a bow and shoot one
 
2013-11-27 03:52:41 PM

The_Sponge: Not if you deep fry it.....like my Dad is going to do tomorrow.


Enjoy your skin grafts.
 
2013-11-27 04:07:31 PM

TV's Vinnie: The_Sponge: Not if you deep fry it.....like my Dad is going to do tomorrow.

Enjoy your skin grafts.



Heh.

/Not worried.
//Done it some many times with no injuries.
///Pity the fools who don't de-frost their birds.
 
2013-11-27 04:27:01 PM
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2013-11-27 04:54:27 PM
I'm making chicken breast, because Turkey is Boring
 
2013-11-27 05:33:11 PM

Lost Thought 00: I'm making chicken breast, because Turkey is Boring


Chicken breast being, of course, the most flavorful, interesting, and downright dynamic meat available to you.
 
2013-11-27 05:50:53 PM
"That's about $16.50 for a 12-pound bird-a Thanksgiving main course for eight, plus "ample leftovers."


Those people don't eat turkey like I eat turkey. I buy a 20 pounder for a family of four and always run out of turkey sandwiches long before I've had my fill.

Also, those super low prices you see stores selling turkey for this time of year are sold at a loss to get you in their store.
 
2013-11-27 06:22:01 PM
My family decided against the Butterball turkey this year because of one significant oversight by the vendor: they forgot to butter the balls.
 
2013-11-27 07:39:45 PM

Endive Wombat: I am making grilled duck breast and duck leg confit for Thanksgiving.  Turkey is boring.


No, your turkey is boring.  Mine is quite flavorful and fulfilling.  I'll make duck for myself and my family when it's just us.  I sure as hell ain't wasting my culinary soul on my in-laws and kids who will just spit it out.
 
2013-11-27 08:15:44 PM

brigid_fitch: Endive Wombat: I am making grilled duck breast and duck leg confit for Thanksgiving.  Turkey is boring.

Since I'm only cooking for my husband and me, I'm making venison.  Turkey is boring.


Brigid, Hink's Turkey farm in Wall is where we get ours from, fresh and freshly slaughtered. After a 24 hour brine Mmmmmmmm
 
2013-11-27 08:48:05 PM

sxacho: I got my turkey (Publix store brand) for $0.59/lb. If Butterball is bad, this must be like turkey hell.


Damn skippy.  Bought 3-14 pounders for ~$8 each. The other two are safely ensconced in my deep freezer.  Will probably pick 2 more up.  Definitely a cheap way to feed 4 kids.
 
2013-11-27 09:40:13 PM
So the author's position is that economies of scale are bad?

That;s some impressive derp.
 
2013-11-27 09:51:47 PM
phark all of you, I'm eating Wombat with nutria stuffing.
 
2013-11-27 10:39:22 PM

Carousel Beast: So the author's position is that economies of scale are bad?

That;s some impressive derp.


English must not be your native language.
 
2013-11-27 11:03:54 PM
Local Target is a "Prototype" type store to test the layout of a current Super Target floor plan, so it wasn't as fully-equipped as a full-blown Super Target. They got about 6 of those pre-seasoned "roast in bag" turkey breast roasts by mistake. Rather than send them all the way back to Minnesota, they let me buy them at $5 each (normally $13 each). Into the chest freezer they went, all 15 pounds of all white meat goodness.

This TG and XMas, it's turkey and no bones for me. :)
 
2013-11-27 11:04:58 PM
I order mine from Haen's fresh, not frozen.

$1.99 / lb

Not great, but it tastes better when we make it (and the other items) fresh for the family.
 
2013-11-27 11:16:50 PM
Turkey is only good when stuffed with tacos
 
2013-11-28 01:20:37 AM

Endive Wombat: I am making grilled duck breast and duck leg confit for Thanksgiving.  Turkey is boring.


I could agree that the initial cooking with the turkey can be boring.  Most people can pull it off.  It's the afterwards when you're trying to keep your family interested in turkey leftovers for the 4th day.  I'm good in the kitchen but damned, that gets hard to do.  Any tips would be appreciated.
 
2013-11-28 07:31:41 AM

Smeggy Smurf: Endive Wombat: I am making grilled duck breast and duck leg confit for Thanksgiving.  Turkey is boring.

I could agree that the initial cooking with the turkey can be boring.  Most people can pull it off.  It's the afterwards when you're trying to keep your family interested in turkey leftovers for the 4th day.  I'm good in the kitchen but damned, that gets hard to do.  Any tips would be appreciated.


Add bacon.
 
2013-11-28 08:54:44 AM

Smeggy Smurf: Endive Wombat: I am making grilled duck breast and duck leg confit for Thanksgiving.  Turkey is boring.

I could agree that the initial cooking with the turkey can be boring.  Most people can pull it off.  It's the afterwards when you're trying to keep your family interested in turkey leftovers for the 4th day.  I'm good in the kitchen but damned, that gets hard to do.  Any tips would be appreciated.


Turkey Tetrazini

Combine cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup, mushrooms, celery, onions, turkey meat, and plenty of pepper in a big bowl, along with cooked spaghetti.  Stir well, then pour into a greased baking dish, add some cream or milk if necessary, and cover with bread crumbs.  Bake until it sets up.  Optional, put some shredded Italian cheese blend in the mix.
 
2013-11-28 09:22:27 AM
 
2013-11-28 01:59:25 PM
Do the people that think turkey is boring, have no taste buds? Have they never had a properly prepared bird? Love it, never get bored with it.

2 hours left in the smoker.............
 
2013-11-28 05:56:43 PM
We're having ham, sorry pig.
 
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