Turkeys are big, domesticated birds, native to North America. It is distinguished by its white plumage and a bare wattled neck and head. It’s brown feathers with buff-colored features on the tail and on the tips of wings.
The name turkey was first applied to the guinea fowl which was presumed to have originated in Turkey. However, the American turkey is a quite different species from the guinea fowl, though the name remained. In fact, the wild turkey was a staple food in the North American diet. It had been known as a”peru” from the 18th century. They helped the Pilgrims to raise the domesticated turkeys that they brought together. It is thought that turkey was served at the feast, though there’s absolutely no hard evidence for this.
It’s a very important part of the Thanksgiving menu. In actuality, Thanksgiving Day is also known as Turkey Day. Turkeys are generally 25-35 lbs in weight. Turkeys can be bought fresh or frozen. Birds that have smooth, soft and creamy skin without any bruises or cuts are generally healthy. Fresh turkey should not be stored for over 2 days, even in the deep freezer. Frozen turkey should be less than two months old. The giblets should be removed and stored separately while storing fresh turkey.
Turkey, like other poultry products, is likely to be influenced by bacteria. Hence the cooking area should be very clean; the turkey needs to be washed and cooked properly. The stuffing should be done just before it’s baked. The internal temperature of the bird should be at least 180 degrees F. This can be checked by using an internal meat thermometer.
Some favorite turkey Thanksgiving recipes are: grilled turkey brat hoagies, turkey chili, turkey breast Diane, turkey enchiladas, garlic roasted turkey, ginger lime turkey strips, seasoned turkey with rice pilaf, turkey sausage with pasta, turkey bratwurst kabobs, turkey lasagna, turkey meatloaf, turkey parmesan, turkey sausage, turkey scaloppini, stir fried turkey with walnuts and cashews, grilled southwestern Bratwurst, turkey pizza, turkey burgers and so on. Earth! Fire! Wind! Water! Heart! With your Powers Combined I AM CAPTAIN ELLIS!