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Remembrance of Turkeys Past

As we prepare for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and as we recall our blessings and thank God for each and every one, let us also remember the humble turkey and the various disasters that result when that proud bird is not treated with the care that it deserves, dead or alive.    Oldtimers like myself will recognize the above video as part of the famous “Turkey Drop” episode from WKRP, a sitcom from the Seventies.

 

Of course Turkey Disasters are not, unfortunately, restricted to the realm of fiction.    Deep frying a turkey poses various risks.

Here we have a case of the flaming avian:

 

 

William Shatner warns of the dangers of deep frying turkeys:

 

Of course there are those among us who revel in the destructive possibilities of cooking turkey.

If deep fry a turkey you must, follow these tips:

 

 

Tomorrow my bride will roast the turkey which is the way God intended for a turkey to be prepared.  As usual, the kids and I will do the dishes.  Have a happy and non-flaming Turkey Thanksgiving!

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

4 Comments

  1. No! I just read that the average domestic turkey cannot fry!

    Fear not: Heritage turkey breeds can fry, so “they” advise the amateur farmeur to clip the feathers on one wing. It’s fun to watch!

  2. Last night I was poking around on You Tube for videos of turkey preparation and discovered several cooking methods I never knew existed… such as Texas Trashcan Turkey:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMj1jWClqac

    Gomer’s Redneck Turkey Cooker, constructed from the washtub of a discarded washing machine:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wfjCzo7vow

    and a method that involves roasting the turkey in a brown paper sack thoroughly soaked with cooking oil — which despite what one might think, actually PREVENTS the paper from catching fire and yields a really tender turkey:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i8c9S_mKX4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYpxzGbGdts

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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