Here are the turkeys at the farm where we keep our pig. They are growing at so quickly.
Soon they may grow to be as big as this guy. 25 POUNDS!!
Last Thursday we went to pick up our monthly meat subscription. They had one frozen turkey left from the holidays. It is an all natural, locally grown turkey. When they were being sold this one was marked for 75 bucks. They gave it to us for 20. Sold! So we brought it home solid has a rock and cleared off our bottom fridge shelf. It took until today (Tuesday) to defrost.
I decided today was a great day to roast a turkey since it's cooled off a bit. Tim was working, so I was home preparing it alone. When I first picked it up I thought, 'there's no way I'm going to be able to do this alone!' But I managed. Usually I roast a turkey in this pan on a rack. It didn't fit too well on the rack. So I stuffed it inside the pan. I put all my spices and veggies in it. This thing is massive!
I've learned to roast a turkey breast side down for juicy white meat. Works wonderful. Except I've never had one stick it's butt so far up in the air! Uh? Houston, we have a problem.
I took one rack out of the oven and carefully hoisted the bird in. I was so afraid that the high rise butt would hit the top of the oven. Luckily it did not. Even though I used the biggest pan I had, it still was sticking out. So I put the cookie sheets under it to catch what may drip off. About 10 minutes later smoke starts pouring out through the top of the stove. Now I'm running around opening all the windows and doors trying not to smoke me and the dogs out. Then I made sure I knew where the fire extinguisher was. Thankfully it stopped smoking.
Big Bird is still in the oven. We are going to have a turkey dinner tonight with some mashed potatoes (mashed cauliflower for me) and peas, maybe even some gravy.
This bird came with the hugest neck and giblets I've ever seen.
They are stewing in a pot for dog stew chews. After we pick it apart tonight and have our share, I'll bag up the rest of the meat and then throw all the bones and parts into the crockpot to cook all night for turkey stock. We'll be eating turkey for awhile. Waste not, want not!!