Turkey in pieces

November 24, 2018

A truncated Herbie, his legs and wings bagged in the background.

NOTE: I thought I had posted this early this week. Apparently I failed to do so. Well, I hate to waste a perfectly good post, so here ’tis.

Whew, Lawdy, y’all. It is significantly more work to break down an 18-pound turkey than it is a 4-pound chicken, I am here to tell you and y’mama ‘n ’em.

But I have (a) persevered, and (b) said turkey leg and thigh quarters and wings are lolling in the sous vide bath, to be smoked tomorrow; the breast is dry-brined and basking under foil in the fridge; and the backbone, neck, wing tips and giblets are roasting in the oven for drippings and stock-making. I would also note that (c) all the parts are recognizeable and none of them look like they were extras in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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