I’m just now digging out from my turkey-induced Thanksgiving coma. It was quite a time here in Zumbrota, we had my whole family up from Missouri (or Colorado as the case may be) to celebrate. It sure was good to see everyone and hang out for a few days.
But we did run into one real conundrum. What to do with the 32 pound turkey that we raised?
We got a few turkey poults this past spring, and despite losing two of them, those little poults turned into full grown toms. Having never raised turkeys before, we weren’t exactly sure how long to let them grow before they were ready to butcher. Turns out we let them get a little large. After being plucked and cleaned we had a 32lb bird, and a “small” 29lb turkey.
Turns out that finding a roasting pan for a 30lb turkey is a bit of a problem. Roasting-pan manufacturers are more inclined to offer models to accommodate the normal 15lb birds. The biggest roasting pans we could find weren’t even going to come close to holding this behemoth.
Time for plan B.
Cut the turkey up like a chicken.
Half a turkey in each pan just fits!
We’ve got to keep on top of this turkey weighing situation next year, a 15lb bird will suit me just fine next time.
BTW, the turkey turned out delicious! Hope all your Thanksgivings went as well!