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    Jasmine.
    Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:41 pm
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    Banner by **Jubes**




    Do you have a horror story from your first Thanksgiving's turkey? Did you forget to remove the giblets (like Liza) or maybe you did not leave enough time to cook a 12 lb bird (like moi)? We want to hear your epic fail story. Tell us what mistake you made and how you recovered from the disaster.



    The best stories will be added to our “10 Things Never to Do When Cooking Thanksgiving Turkey” feature. icon_redface.gif
    lauralie41
    Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:26 am
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    I did the same things you and Liza did! icon_lol.gif

    Now I double check and make sure I remove the package inside the turkey before I get ready to stuff him and use a roasting bag because I seem to always have a perfectly roasted turkey.

    Dont be shy we have all been there so come on and share those not so perfect turkey days with us!
    Jasmine.
    Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:20 pm
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    lauralie41 wrote:
    I did the same things you and Liza did! icon_lol.gif

    Now I double check and make sure I remove the package inside the turkey before I get ready to stuff him and use a roasting bag because I seem to always have a perfectly roasted turkey.

    Dont be shy we have all been there so come on and share those not so perfect turkey days with us!


    I love the banner! Thanks, Laurlie.
    lauralie41
    Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:05 pm
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    Jasmine at Food.com wrote:
    lauralie41 wrote:
    I did the same things you and Liza did! icon_lol.gif

    Now I double check and make sure I remove the package inside the turkey before I get ready to stuff him and use a roasting bag because I seem to always have a perfectly roasted turkey.

    Dont be shy we have all been there so come on and share those not so perfect turkey days with us!


    I love the banner! Thanks, Laurlie.


    I do too, **Jubes** did a great job!
    Debbwl
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:42 pm
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    rotfl.gif Jasmine this looks hysterical!!

    Sorry no epic Thanksgiving failure here but your burnt turkey photo has me rolling.
    I'mPat
    Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:18 am
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    Don't celebrate thanks giving here in Australia but well I have had my disaster dinners (haven't we all) but one that ssticks in my memory wasn't one of mine but one I think you can relate to was when a very good friend of my MILS who lives on a farm bought down a leg of lamb for them all to have - there was only one problem IT WOULD NOT FIT IN THE OVEN, has anyoine had a similar problem with a turkey.


    Pat
    Liza at Food.com
    Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:22 pm
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    The banner is great, THANKS!
    duonyte
    Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:07 pm
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    For many years I smoked my turkey and it was great - I would loosen as much skin from the breast, legs. etc as I could, would rub the inside with cognac, then take fresh herbs and lay them in a pattern under the skin; pat down the skin, rub it all with olive oil and then sprinkle with paprika. Let it dry overnight in the fridge. Put in smoker and smoke until done - the herbs formed a beautiful pattern under the mahogany skin. Anyway, I was having a small T-Day dinner party with a young family to help out the mom. I needed to add more wine or something to the water pan in the smoker and somehow misjudged the distance and added the liquid to the charcoal pan. Ash flying everywhere!!!! The turkey was not so bad - I snuck it down to the basement and washed it off in the laundry tub. But the liquid in the gravy pan was impossible - I could not use it to make gravy. So while the turkey was resting prior to carving, I had to find stock and make the gravy without any drippings. Everyone loved it. Put enough mushrooms in gravy and it will always be a success!


    Last edited by duonyte on Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:55 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Liza at Food.com
    Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:18 pm
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    LOVE this!
    heidifayesmammy
    Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:42 pm
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    We don't have thanksgiving in uk so will have to go for my worst ever (and first) christmas dinner! I was trying to impress my better half so I didn't at all plan ahead.
    It started by running out of time from visiting family so we ran to our local open all hours shop and bought pot noodles and pizza and ate them at the dinner time... We still carry out this tradition.
    After visiting it took about 6 hours to cook a turkey that was about the same siza as a large chicken, took it out the oven to get the meat off only to find it needed cooking still so had to put it back in after extracting the cooked bits, roast potaotes took about 2 hours then suddenly burnt, very very soggy veg, I realised I'd finished the eggs off on the morning's fry up so had to use ready made yorkie puddings and set fire to the grill while they were cooking. Cranberry jelly didn't set. Stuffing was soggy and lumpy. Gravy was thin and lumpy. Pigs in blankets worked well! Yay!
    Christmas pudding at about half past ten at night (beacuse it had taken that long to cook everything and eat it) with lumpy custard that tasted of flour.
    Because it was a busy day and was getting late I had to turn the oven off so the turkey never did get fully cooked! 5 years later my christmas dinner is just about getting better. I do make a nice lasagne though!! icon_wink.gif
    Rachel Savage
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:58 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    My first Thanksgiving experience was definitely the worst. As an American living in the UK, I found it hard to find a turkey in November (generally they are only available in December for Christmas). Eventually, I bought an "extra large" self-basting frozen turkey. When I took it out of the bag on Thanksgiving morning, it looked tiny (and it was, by American standards -- about 12 pounds). I send my flatmate out to find another turkey. He found one at a butcher's shop and we wound up handing it off to a friend who lived around the corner to cook because my oven could only hold one turkey at a time.

    Meanwhile, the turkey had not defrosted, despite several days in the fridge. And it was covered in what looked like wax (which turned out to be the self-basting material). I washed off the turkey (defeating the whole "self-basting" idea) and put it in the sink with luke-warm water (recommended by a friend who had worked in a commercial kitchen) to finish defrosting. Eventually it defrosted enough to cook.

    When dinner time came, my friend came bearing turkey number 2. We polished off turkey number 1 and was glad to have the second one, though it meant we had copious amount of leftovers. A good meal was had by all.
    I'mPat
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:50 am
    Forum Host
    Well Rachel you were not eating take away and hopefully the left overs were used in some delicious recipes, which could brings us to another topic "HOW DO YOU USE YOUR LEFT OVER TURKEY FROM THANKSGIVING?"


    Pat
    lauralie41
    Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:32 am
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    I'mPat wrote:
    Don't celebrate thanks giving here in Australia but well I have had my disaster dinners (haven't we all) but one that ssticks in my memory wasn't one of mine but one I think you can relate to was when a very good friend of my MILS who lives on a farm bought down a leg of lamb for them all to have - there was only one problem IT WOULD NOT FIT IN THE OVEN, has anyoine had a similar problem with a turkey.


    Pat


    Oh no Pat! That was very kind of your DMIL's friend to bring them the leg of lamb. Was there anything they could do to make it fit in the oven?

    Years ago when I had to have the biggest turkey I could find, 26 pounds, it was a tight fit. He almost hit the top of my oven so we had to sort of move the roaster around a bit and found a place where the turkey did have some room. I covered the top of the turkey with foil so it wouldnt burn before it was even roasted. icon_redface.gif icon_lol.gif
    lauralie41
    Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:36 am
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    duonyte wrote:
    For many years I smoked my turkey and it was great - I would loosen as much skin from the breast, legs. etc as I could, would rub the inside with cognac, then take fresh herbs and lay them in a pattern under the skin; pat down the skin, rub it all with olive oil and then sprinkle with paprika. Let it dry overnight in the fridge. Put in smoker and smoke until done - the herbs formed a beautiful pattern under the mahogany skin. Anyway, I was having a small T-Day dinner party with a young family to help out the mom. I needed to add more wine or something to the water pan in the smoker and somehow misjudged the distance and added the liquid to the charcoal pan. Ash flying everywhere!!!! The turkey was not so bad - I snuck it down to the basement and washed it off in the laundry tub. But the liquid in the gravy pan was impossible - I could not use it to make gravy. So while the turkey was resting prior to carving, I had to find stock and make the gravy without any drippings. Everyone loved it. Put enough mushrooms in gravy and it will always be a success!


    You did an awesome job saving your turkey and dinner. I would have been a blubbering idiot! icon_redface.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif That is something you will never do again. icon_biggrin.gif Thank you for sharing!
    lauralie41
    Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:38 am
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    Liza at Food.com wrote:
    The banner is great, THANKS!


    wave.gif Hi Liza, happy you like the banner Jubes made. icon_smile.gif
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