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New Ideas for Thanksgiving Turkey

LEsherick2007 | Nov 14, 2011 11:08 AM

No I don't want to smoke nor can I fry a turkey I still want to brine it but I always cook a whole Turkey. I was considering since I am on Food Stamps and the cheapest Turkey at the store is a 18lbs+ turkey for $.69 per pound I am considering asking the butcher in the meat department to cut the turkey in half wrap both and I will freeze one half and only cook the one half on Thanksgiving then in December I can make the other half when we are in the mood for more turkey. I assume the halved turkey will take less time to thaw so instead of 5 days thawing I could go for 3 days. I am shopping on Monday and then have it brine overnight or less than that I can take it out then and wash and dry it the rest of the overnight and 10 or 11 am roast it. I also assume it will take less time to roast it maybe only 2 hours first upside down to keep breast juicy then upright at a higher temp to brown the skin. Would this be a correct assumption. I also may roast some turkey wings and legs as that is what my family prefers as the hot Thanksgiving meal and then save some white and dark for Sandwhiches the next day or two. I am only feeding 4 or 5 this year instead of my usual 7 or 8 people This way I have plenty of room in the oven for a Sweet Potato Cassarole, Cornbread Stuffing, and Corn Pudding and on top of the stove will be Mashed Petatoes, Gravy, and Steamed Green Beans and a Blender Hollindase.

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