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Post Thanksgiving Turkey Clearance Thread ...

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willowberry wrote: The key to nice moist turkey, is 'don't stuff it'. stuffing just draws all the juice out of the meat. I learned this from a chef many years ago.
Since doing this, no more dry turkey meat. I still cook a dressing, but just don't stuff the bird.
Sous vide is also a pretty foolproof way to keep the meat moist. But I haven't tried cooking it whole -- always split into breasts and legs, then the rest for stock and pho.
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If you're not spatchcocking your turkey, you're doing it wrong. Shorter cook time, more even cooking, more crispy skin, use the backbones for a real slow cooked grave while the bird cooks (in 2 hours or less).
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yep, butterflied turkey, dry brined is the way to go. I suppose someone could try cooking a turkey vertically.
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MELPOMENE wrote: Sous vide is also a pretty foolproof way to keep the meat moist. But I haven't tried cooking it whole -- always split into breasts and legs, then the rest for stock and pho.
+1 on the sous vide. I don't know if you could even do it whole though - how would you vacuum seal the hollow inside of the bird (it is basically a cylinder). Splitting into breast and leg also allows you to cook at different temps for different times.

I follow this and have gotten nothing but rave reviews from everyone - it is fabulous to enjoy the white breast meat that is a moist as the dark leg meat.
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I put a bit of butter underneath the skin and between the meat, and this made a huge difference. My frozen turkey was better than the fresh organic one I bought last year. Yes, traditional stuffing is bad. Putting cut up onions, salt, pepper, other seasonings, etc..is not the same as a traditional stuffing, and will add flavor without drawing moisture.

There are also some huge downsides to butterflying. You shouldn't have to worry about drying out the meat with a longer cook time, if the setup is done properly.
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glover78 wrote: While searching for turkey, have any of you come across discounted pumpkin pie?
I think it's hard to beat costco pumpkin pie. Regular price of 5.99 and twice the size of the average pie.
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mcwilly wrote: I think it's hard to beat costco pumpkin pie. Regular price of 5.99 and twice the size of the average pie.
I agree plus it tastes close to home made.
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mcwilly wrote: I think it's hard to beat costco pumpkin pie. Regular price of 5.99 and twice the size of the average pie.
Whoa! Gonna get this then
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Tcalp wrote: Hey Guys,

I know it's quite common for various locations to have a lot of left over Turkey post thanksgiving, and often go for fantastic prices post thanksgiving. I figured a single thread concerning such sightings might be a good idea. My local GT has Butterball turkey breast on for $12 per box (~900G, down from $15), though I don't consider this to be a fantastic deal by any means. Hoping those closer to the big box stores may have seen some great deals, last year I got a butterball for $0.49/lb

Sorry if this isn't a 'typical hot deal' or whatever, remove if you guys feel it's inappropriate, just hoping to spur the conversation/sightings of good deals around.
Was hoping to score a couple of discounted fresh whole Turkeys from Costco, but it doesn't look possible this year.
The one Costco I went to said they sold out last week-end.
Am trying to call another store, but it seems like the $20 off per turkey dream is not possible.
Bah humbug!
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Ouch - looks like bringing this thread back to life was pointless.
I did not see any deals whatsoever for Turkeys post Thanksgiving.

With all the media stories on how Turkey suppliers were complaining about lower sales, I thought for sure there would be a dump post Thanksgiving.
My read was way off. My guess is that stores purchased way less than usual, and thus did not have surplus.

Did anyone see any deals?
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My Food Basics had a total of five turkeys, three Butterball and two other brands that were both different.
Asked if they had any Utility grade and they said that was it.

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