I put a frozen turkey in my refrigerator on Sunday and on Friday it was still frozen. Everyone now days recommends that you thaw turkeys out in the refrigerator. Based on the weight the consensus was that it should have been thawed by Tuesday. Let me assure you on Friday it was still frozen. Agh! I planned to put in the electric roaster Friday at noon and serve it for dinner that night to guest. I was wasting gallons of water trying to thaw it out in the kitchen sink in time.
All my life growing up and most of my adult life turkey was thawed out on the kitchen counter. I am not sure what caused a changed and made the counter method no longer acceptable. I never remember anyone betting sick from Thanksgiving turkey or the stuffing inside it. We practiced good clean kitchen technique and food handling. It isn’t to say sickness was not possible, but we were careful and smart and it worked for us.
Whoever everyone is that recommends that refrigerator method, I have tried it now a couple of times and can tell you it isn’t working for me. I am going back to the kitchen counter and lots of common sense for my next turkey dinner.
The crowd I spend Thanksgiving with, all bring something to the table for the holiday. The result is there is plenty of food, as there is at so many homes for the holiday. At the end of the night the guests are all making up plates taking a little of this and a little of that that from the dishes brought by others. It is a last pass through the line ensuring that nothing goes to waste. Each person is making up their plate for tomorrow’s lunch. If you run out of space, some are known to put a little dressing in a zip lock in addition to their plate of goodies. So though you may not cook, you will still get a turkey sandwich tomorrow.
Though we all bring home leftovers, the most coveted thing was the ham bone and the turkey carcass. There were two families of two that split the turkey. It means that three families will use the timeless methods of using every last bite in making soups and stocks from what in many households gets thrown out with the trash. I got half a turkey and yesterday it spent cooking in the stockpot with celery, carrots, onion, and parsley until the bones were free of meat. I got four quarts of rich stock with lots of meat. I will freeze some for soup later on and use some to make creamed turkey to put on mashed potatoes and our leftover dressing. I wonder if the ham bone will be Senate Bean soup or split pea.