Tuesday turkey thread

They’re ignoring the time change and doing fine, still showing up at dusk.

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And coming right up onto the deck, even with cats staring out at them through the sliding glass doors and a dog eyeballing them from around the corner.  They’re fearless (or dumb).

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And now it’s getting dark, time to roost.

000_1013They’re getting very tame, coming right up to the house, so all is going according to plan.  At some point in the near future, I want to capture one of the males to give to a friend who has a female…  should be a blast since these things flap their wings and fight like bastards when threatened.  I’ll make sure it’s recorded for posterity in pictures.

28 Responses to “Tuesday turkey thread”


  1. 1 Jasper Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    My friend down the street who hunts for his own food says that wild turkeys don’t taste as good as the ones from the supermarket.

  2. 2 JJ Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Jasper – That all depends. Wild turkey is very gamy, like pheasant. I like it. But if a person didn’t like that dark, gamy flavour, then they’d probably prefer the domestic product.

    Also you have to get them at the right age, they get tough and unsavoury as they get older. (Kind of like me.)

  3. 3 Torontonian Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Clever of you to post the turkeys tonight in honour
    of the US elections today.

    Just like Canada, the US sometimes gets turkeys before
    their Thanksgiving.

  4. 4 JJ Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Torontonian – You must be a mind reader, I actually thought that before I posted them.

    Looks like they got a turkey in Virginia, and probably a turkey in New Joisey, but NY-23…???

  5. 5 JJ Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    NY-23 – so far the Dems are ahead :shock: but there’s only been 65 votes counted so far :lol: The worm could turn very quickly.

  6. 6 Jasper Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    “Just like Canada, the US sometimes gets turkeys before
    their Thanksgiving.”

    I’ll say, we got a 170 pounder last November.

  7. 7 JJ Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Jasper makes a funny.

    Laugh, everyone. LOLROTFLLMAO!

  8. 8 Antonia Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    If you squeeze them, don’t you get bourbon?

  9. 9 deBeauxOs Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Lemme see, a supermarket turkey in the US would likely be a Butterball or some other brand that is shot full of fat and/or oil.

    Makes sense that Jasper’s hunter friend would only bag them for “sport”, not for putting food on the table. Why bother, when genetically modified Frankenfood is so cheap and so tasty, for those palate who prefer grease-laden meat with side orders of fat-laden vegetables and sugar-laden desserts.

  10. 10 JJ Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    For anyone interested in NY-23 — With 76% of polls reporting, it’s 49% for the Dem, 45% for the teabagger.

    AYYYYCOORRRRRRN!!!

    ETA – 86% reporting, still 49 to 45. And Scozzafava got 6% of the vote :lol:
    Nice work teabaggers! W00T!

  11. 11 JJ Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Antonia

    If you squeeze them, don’t you get bourbon?

    It’s not easy squeezing those glass bottles, but whatever it takes to get the last drop :P

  12. 12 JJ Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    deBeauxOs – You’re right, it’s all a matter of taste and what you’re accustomed to.

    I prefer range run fowl and wild stuff, but I’m used to it. I think pheasant is heavenly, but some people don’t like that rich gamy taste. Not me — the gamier the better, IMO.

  13. 13 Mandos Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    What does a “gamey taste” mean? Sunday night I broiled some quails, and they had a rather funny smell and taste, kind of slightly musty. They hadn’t gone bad, as I had no stomach issues or anything, and it’s been two days now. But I didn’t care much for the musty smells. A visiting relative of mine who remembers eating quail in her home country wouldn’t touch the quails I broiled, as the smell was too weird for her.

  14. 14 Mandos Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    And I like the butterball taste. I wish I had a deep fryer to make deep fried turkey. Or a large enough oven for a turducken.

  15. 15 JJ Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Mandos – “Gamey” is a strong taste. It tastes like fowl, but much stronger, and I guess you might even describe it as a little bit musty. It’s sort of like if the whole bird was dark meat, and strong-tasting dark meat.

    Deep fried turkey! That would be one helluva size of a fryer! :lol:

  16. 16 Janus Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    The gaminess of wild meat actually has more to do with the food they eat than with anything else.

    If they’re feeding on grains and fresh grasses, as they do early in the year, the flavor of the meat will be mild. But, in the winter, if they’re down to eating pine tips and old, scavenged seeds, they will taste very strongly.

    Say, JJ…has the flock multiplied since last year? I thought there were only three of them…

  17. 17 Mandos Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Deep fried turkey is popular in parts of the USA, and yes it requires a very large deep fryer. It’s apparently amazingly tasty. I’ve never had it.

  18. 18 Mandos Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Re gamey. Well, the entire quails were dark meat, including the breast meat, so I guess that was what the taste was. Maybe broiling them was a mistake and they should have been pan-fried.

  19. 19 Janus Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Dark meat is not necessarily gamey, Mandos. Whether the meat is light or dark has to do with the type of muscle tissue, not the type of food.

    I’ve never had quail, but I’ve eaten a lot of grouse and pheasant. Game birds have very little body fat, so if you try to cook them like chicken (which have a lot of body fat), you’re going to end up disappointed. They are best done braised, if not stewed. Dry heat will make them tough and stringy, not at all pleasant.

    Next time, try putting them on a rack in a large roaster, surround them with whole carrots, parsnips, small potatoes (or quartered large ones) a couple of smallish onions, a few peeled whole cloves of garlic, and some fresh rosemary and/or thyme. Roast them uncovered for half an hour at 400F, then add about 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the pan, cover, turn down the heat to 350F, and let them continue cooking until they’re done (and how long that is will depend on how much you’ve got in the roasting pan).

  20. 21 JJ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Janus

    has the flock multiplied since last year? I thought there were only three of them

    Indeed it has.

    Last year there were only 3. When they first started showing up here 4 years ago, there were 7, then it went down to 5, then 3 :( These mostly look like fairly young turkeys, as far as I can tell, so I think the hatchlings that I took pictures of last spring must have survived and possibly hooked up with another flock (or whatever a herd of turkeys is called).

    There are so many of them, it’s all the more likely one of them will end up as Christmas Dinner :twisted:

  21. 22 JJ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Mandos – Oh yeah, with game fowl the whole bird is pretty dark. I think this is also why some people prefer the domestic product, they don’t like dark meat to start with and gamey dark meat is more than they can handle.

  22. 23 Jasper Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    “Makes sense that Jasper’s hunter friend would only bag them for “sport”, not for putting food on the table.”

    he doesn’t bag them for sport, he does eat them. no waste.

    “Why bother, when genetically modified Frankenfood is so cheap and so tasty, for those palate who prefer grease-laden meat with side orders of fat-laden vegetables and sugar-laden desserts.”

    who are you, the food police? Get your hands off of my quarter pounder with cheese!

  23. 24 Shade Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    JJ Yup basically just a flock of Turkeys, though you can also call them a rafter of turkeys. Which just sounds funny.

    Never much liked the taste of turkey. I tend to stick with chicken or duck.

  24. 26 JJ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Shade – A “rafter” of turkeys, what a thought. (I have rafters in my house, I can just imagine 13 turkeys sitting up there, shitting down on my living room.)

  25. 27 mikhon Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Nice looking turkey pictures here. They are all cute and wanted to fry them… I just wanna try a turkey deep fryer recipe. Hope to find it here, not only the images here. :) Thanks for sharing this.

  26. 28 Mariko Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Hey!! .!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!! :) :)
    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and each yr I like to get into the mood-extend the holiday, when it were-by reading “Thanksgiving novels.” Not surprisingly, those stories are mostly about friends and family, about coming together to heal old hurts and getting thanks for the gift of love. … ***
    Think You’re Better Off These days Than You Had been two Years Ago?


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