Thursday, August 14, 2014

Off Topic

Don't forget that the middle of August is when you want to start thawing your frozen turkey to make sure it is ready by Thanksgiving.

25 comments:

califblondy said...

Turkey isn't my job, I do German Chocolate cake and choc chip cookies.

The Real Dragon said...

Beginning of August is when I realized im getting fucking old =[

haydnhorse said...

And if you are in the UK,start boiling the Brussels sprouts ready for Christmas dinner.

sandybrook said...

I'm still buying food for Labor Day weekend college football kickoff weekend Enty. :(

I dont know how you missed the Farrah Abraham is now working as a stripper story in Austin Tx. But you should send the Austin posters out to check out her show.

Kno Won Uno said...

There's an indemnification issue with sending anyone within spitting distance of Backdoor Farrah, one would think.

Clark St. said...

I'll never understand why they say to start thawing 4 days before you want to cook it.
It always takes at least 8 days to thaw a frozen turkey in my fridge.

FSP said...

I will make the journey and report back.

Pogue Mahone said...

Our Thanksgiving is in October but I'll be in the Caribbean this YR then so I don't have to make dinner this YR!

Bee Haven said...

Ha! @ haydn.

Bee Haven said...

Should start soaking the dried fruits in brandy for the xmas pudding.

sandybrook said...

FSP be careful Enty doesn't have combat pay available in the budget and I doubt his health insurance covers any STD s she gives you.

crila16 said...

If you leave the turkey in the sun, it cuts the thawing time in half.

auntliddy said...

Might, might, MIGHT be going to Sanibel Island for Thanksgiving!!'Excited! Love shells!

kelli_girl said...

Aunt Liddy, you're so lucky!!! Hope you get to go & if so give a full report -- always wanted to do a family vacation there!! Seems like a magical place.

RowdyRodimus said...

(Take in mind I've only been in charge of Thanksgiving dinner once since my Mom passed) It only took two days to thaw a 24 lb. turkey for me. I left it in the sink while I was awake and in the fridge when I slept inside a plastic tub with a drain pan inside and a lid on top (goes back to my days as a cook, can't teach an old dog new tricks, right? The tub and drain pan were actually old ones from Long John Silver's, we used it for the chicken strips. We ordered new ones and we managers all took the old stuff we wanted instead of throwing them away)

Then on Thanksgiving eve, I set out all of the spices and canned goods I would need (and didn't need refrigeration) an the table in the order I would need them. Then I woke up about 6am, had some coffee and a Stacker Energy Shot (Dr. told me to drink one of those a day since my body has a problem with Niacin since my stroke and the energy shots are cheaper than the actual pills lol).

I preheat the oven, put the turkey in the roasting pan, coat it in oil (to crisp the skin and give it that nice brown color), add pepper and other seasonings then put it in the oven to cook.

The next thing I did was prep everything for the sides (Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Dressing, Sweet Potatoes, Cole Slaw, etc.) and make the things I could that could be put in the fridge like the cols slaw, sweet potatoes, Green Bean casserole, stuff that just needed to be heated up before dinner.

I was out of the kitchen by 8am, everything was clean (keep an old shopping bag by you to throw all your trash out at as you get it, makes clean up a cinch). Turkey was ready by 1pm, sides were ready at the same time, dinner was served at 1:30pm.

My Dad was amazed. He asked how I was so calm doing everything when my Mom had always rushed around like a chicken with it's head cut off. Like I told him, it's all about preparation and having things put in the order you need them.

Sorry, been a while since I was me and like a commenter said about a certain other account, I tend to write novels, not posts.

Penelope said...

I enjoyed your post, Rowdy! Sounds like you've got it down. :)

T. E. Cuz said...

nah, we don't have turkey at thanksgiving anymore. no cleaning out organs from a bird's ribs.

sugarbread maker said...

It's airborne with Farrah!!

Lady Heisenberg said...

Hi again rowdy!!!

RowdyRodimus said...

Hi Lady H. As the bard once said "Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years."

Dexamyl said...

Wow, Rowdy. If you can make all those sides between 6 and 8 am, I need to try that energy drink!

Gayeld said...

LMFAO.

RowdyRodimus said...

Dexamyl, it's really not hard to do. I did leave out the part where I cut all the veggies the night before and put them in gallon storage bags, that way all I have to do is throw them together or in the case of potatoes, pot to boil. So figure an hour extra of prep work the night before.

Cee Kay said...

@Rowdy I like your hyper-organization! I do everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, that I can the day before. Peel and chop veggies, bake pies, chop bread for stuffing, etc., etc. Then on The Day all I have to do is get the turkey stuffed and in the oven, turn on a few switches and drink some wine.

Erik said...

I have a turkey thawing in my fridge that I'm going to cook this weekend. Looking forward to days of turkey sandwiches.