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2020-10-30 9:38:36 AM  
I find that surprising

Anecdotally, last month at Real Thanksgiving, my butcher got nearly quadruple the usual order (only way to get a bird from her is to pre-order) with a heavy lean to smaller turkeys

Between that and my own observation of how it went up here, lots of people want to try to maintain the traditions, but limit it to their immediate family. So instead of huge gatherings around 1-2 large turkeys, lots of people are making their own smaller one.

We usually host for about 20-30 people, and order two 12 (or so) pounders. This year, there were far fewer other sides, and the turkey was a single 10lb. Perfect for our family of 3 and a golden retriever. Two full meals, one sandwich, soup to freeze.
 
2020-10-30 9:40:41 AM  
Styx - Too Much Time On My Hands
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2020-10-30 9:40:59 AM  
So cheap turkeys this year? Oh noes
 
2020-10-30 9:42:00 AM  
Inb4 "millennials are killing Thanksgiving!"
 
2020-10-30 9:52:11 AM  
Just cook a big bird and stick the leftover meat in the freezer.  Just fine for sandwiches or white chili over the next 3 months.

And having a big carcass to make a monster pot of stock is always a good thing.  I've still got 8 quarts of concentrated stock in the freezer from the 4 turkey carcasses I got last year (my SIL with the big bird for the family; my mom always cooks a small one for her & dad a few days before Tday so she has drippings for gravy, and they have leftovers; and 2 from friends).

I'll be making a good bit of risotto and soup over the next month so my timing on the stock is looking pretty good.  It's liquid gold.
 
2020-10-30 10:14:07 AM  
9-lives turkey feast and the white meat chicken in the better brands of dog and cat food switched to turkey. seriously i think these birds will be bought if the prices drop after t-day to bargain prices. when the virus first hit a family restaurant chain that closed around here was selling their preordered stuff at fair prices and people were sometimes waiting hours to buy restaurant sized boxes of meat.
 
2020-10-30 10:18:49 AM  
I was already planning on buying at least two turkeys this year to part up and freeze for later in addition to the one I have for Thanksgiving.

Cheap protein for the win!
 
2020-10-30 10:45:24 AM  
Yay!  Cheap turkey for soup!
 
2020-10-30 11:00:51 AM  
Nice headline Subby.
 
2020-10-30 11:38:57 AM  
We'll be having some kind of turkey dinner here, although it's just me, Mrs. Chronic, Lil'Chronic, and Chrondog.
 
2020-10-30 12:19:14 PM  
I'll cook up a big one for us.  And at least another big one this winter.

However, we (Masonic Lodge) aren't going to have our big "feed 500+ kids" 12 turkey event this November, no shock at all, and I figure quite a bit of large-scale Thanksgiving like that is unfortunately getting scaled back.
 
2020-10-30 1:06:41 PM  
Eating roast and smoked turkey on thanksgiving, leftovers for dinner, turkey sandwiches for lunch on Friday, leftover thanksgiving on friday night, turkey sandwiches on Saturday afternoon, and finally turkey tetrazzini on saturday night. Three days of turkey. So yes, my household is still getting a big bird.
 
2020-10-30 1:30:02 PM  
Turn it into cat food. It's what Americans will be eating soon anyways.
 
2020-10-30 4:34:06 PM  
Not going anywhere, so I bought a turkey roll.  Hadn't seen any for several years, so I got a couple.  Right size, and I was surprised that I found one (Apparently Jennie-O doesn't do them anymore).  Also, about the easiest thing there is to cook.
 
2020-10-30 5:28:16 PM  
Wait until Trump steals the election:


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2020-10-31 4:25:59 AM  

madgonad: Eating roast and smoked turkey on thanksgiving, leftovers for dinner, turkey sandwiches for lunch on Friday, leftover thanksgiving on friday night, turkey sandwiches on Saturday afternoon, and finally turkey tetrazzini on saturday night. Three days of turkey. So yes, my household is still getting a big bird.


Oh, thanks for the reminder that I can use my smoker for turkey...never tried that and didn't use my smoker at all this year yet...

any recommendations for recipes and cook times? (I just have a small Masterbuilt electric smoker, and would probably just do a small whole bird or just the breast whichever turns out better)
 
2020-10-31 11:05:54 AM  
"scaled back."

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It's too bad. Everybody looks starved.
 
2020-10-31 1:10:28 PM  

OccamsWhiskers: [YouTube video: Styx - Too Much Time On My Hands]


Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon did a cover of this on the Tonight Show.  Funny stuff.
 
2020-10-31 2:36:53 PM  

OhioUGrad: madgonad: Eating roast and smoked turkey on thanksgiving, leftovers for dinner, turkey sandwiches for lunch on Friday, leftover thanksgiving on friday night, turkey sandwiches on Saturday afternoon, and finally turkey tetrazzini on saturday night. Three days of turkey. So yes, my household is still getting a big bird.

Oh, thanks for the reminder that I can use my smoker for turkey...never tried that and didn't use my smoker at all this year yet...

any recommendations for recipes and cook times? (I just have a small Masterbuilt electric smoker, and would probably just do a small whole bird or just the breast whichever turns out better)


I also have an electric smoker (easier to maintain temperature) and utilize a probe to track the internal temperature (because you can't 'see' the bird without opening the smoker and losing your heat/smoke.

This is a roast turkey over 20#
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This is a smaller smoked turkey, under 10#
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So the presentation is different. The smoked turkey will not be as juicy as the over roasted turkey, but it will have a better flavor. I typically brine all turkeys. I think the choice of wood you use in your smoker is going to be far more important than any rub you place on the turkey. You could try injecting, but I suspect that injected liquid my screw with the cooking speed and the penetration of smoke. Oh, don't stuff a bird you are smoking.
 
2020-10-31 3:36:58 PM  

madgonad: OhioUGrad: madgonad: Eating roast and smoked turkey on thanksgiving, leftovers for dinner, turkey sandwiches for lunch on Friday, leftover thanksgiving on friday night, turkey sandwiches on Saturday afternoon, and finally turkey tetrazzini on saturday night. Three days of turkey. So yes, my household is still getting a big bird.

Oh, thanks for the reminder that I can use my smoker for turkey...never tried that and didn't use my smoker at all this year yet...

any recommendations for recipes and cook times? (I just have a small Masterbuilt electric smoker, and would probably just do a small whole bird or just the breast whichever turns out better)

I also have an electric smoker (easier to maintain temperature) and utilize a probe to track the internal temperature (because you can't 'see' the bird without opening the smoker and losing your heat/smoke.

This is a roast turkey over 20#
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This is a smaller smoked turkey, under 10#
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So the presentation is different. The smoked turkey will not be as juicy as the over roasted turkey, but it will have a better flavor. I typically brine all turkeys. I think the choice of wood you use in your smoker is going to be far more important than any rub you place on the turkey. You could try injecting, but I suspect that injected liquid my screw with the cooking speed and the penetration of smoke. Oh, don't stuff a bird you are smoking.


Now I want turkey! Those look delicious.
 
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