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Old 11-24-2006, 05:11 PM   #11
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Ours was sub-par also. We're calling it "Twice Cooked Thanksgiving." For some reason, nothing was cooked all the way through.

My thermometer lied to me and told me the turkey was done. I carved into the breast, and it was still raw in the center. Back to the fryer.

For some reason, 45 minutes was not long enough for broccoli to get tender in a casserole...back to the oven with that.

Never turn your back on the broiler - the cliche sweet potato casserole with marshmallows burned the first time. Off with the charmallows, on with a new topping, back into the broiler.

Even the dinner rolls were a bit gooey in the middle! A few more minutes in the oven for those, too!

Oddly enough, if anything, we tend to overcook things a bit when making timing mistakes in our kitchen. Apparently, not anymore!!!

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Old 11-24-2006, 08:53 PM   #12
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We did a fresh turkey for the first time this year. When I say fresh, I mean I watched it get slaughtered on Wednesday. The flavor was different, not sure if it's better or worse, but definitely different.
They warned us that the turkey will cook fast. It was 27 lbs., so we shaved a bit of time off and figured maybe six hours of cooking time.

It was done in 4 hours.

Consequently, turkey was served as soon as guests started to arrive. An hour long rest time probably helped, that bird was moist.

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Old 11-24-2006, 11:10 PM   #13
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It was 27 lbs., so we shaved a bit of time off and figured maybe six hours of cooking time.

It was done in 4 hours.
I've gotten fresh turkeys the last couple years (well, not quite as fresh as yours, but not frozen let's say) and while they cook a bit faster than frozen I usually do 10-12 min/lb before hitting 165-170 in the breast. So your 4 hrs seems about right to me. My 16lb'er took right at 3. I do love the moistness and flavor of these turkeys. In fact, I think it's time for a plate of leftovers.
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Old 11-25-2006, 04:14 AM   #14
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We had our first Thanksgiving this year as well. Both sides of the family. Absolutely no problems and all the food was great.

We just cooked the turkey & stuffing then everyone brought a dish with them, cassarole, potatoes, etc. For 20 people we have 8 pies.

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Old 11-25-2006, 04:55 AM   #15
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The two turkeys I smoked came out very juicy and moist, but they were definitely not as pretty as the ones I typically fry every year.

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Old 11-25-2006, 05:22 AM   #16
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The two turkeys I smoked came out very juicy and moist, but they were definitely not as pretty as the ones I typically fry every year.
A friend nearly burned his house down last year frying a turkey. I did one 2 years ago and the clean-up was a total pain. I use a lot of the equipment for brewing and it took hours of scrubbing to get all that oil and grease off everything.
I am now retired from turkey frying. The oven works quite well thank you.
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Old 11-26-2006, 01:23 AM   #17
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Sorry to hear T-Giving was a drag Cheese. "E" for effort tho.

Ours turned out fine, SIL and BIL cooked the turkey and stuffing, everyone else brought a dish. SWMBO made 2 homemade pumpkin pies that turned out AWESOME. A portion of one still is in the fridge.

One HUGE negative tho.

No beer. I mean NO one had one. By the time food was done, everyone was too stuffed and the BIL and I just didn't even have the energy.

So tonight, I'm nibbling at the beer fridge. And the Bell's Pale Ale is going down nicely TYVM.

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Old 11-26-2006, 01:28 AM   #18
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We just polished off a batch of turkey chilaquiles. I love the 2-3 days following Thanksgiving as much as the day itself. Still plenty of turkey and gruyere for sandwiches tomorrow!

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Old 11-26-2006, 01:35 AM   #19
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BVB, I went for the traditional turkey sandwiches for dinner last night. Combine that with a plate full over leftover green bean casserole, scalloped corn, dressing, mashed potatoes and broccoli cassrole...

I was too tired for beer last night as well.


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Old 11-26-2006, 03:03 AM   #20
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I had Turkey Day at my parents house. All I had to do was move furniture and eat. My cousin tried my 65-65-65-6.5 and my porter. His favorite beer is Coors Light. He said they were good but something tells me he didn't like him.

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