Friday, November 20, 2009

F2: Fresh or Frozen

Welcome again to Friday's Feast. Today I'll be telling the story about when I got a fresh turkey.

If you don't know what Friday's Feast is all about, please read the Friday's Feast page for a more detailed explanation. If you want to join in on the feast— be sure to leave a comment and include the URL to your post so I and others can know of your contribution. Also, if you want to see a particular topic— feel free to suggest it as well (I'm always looking for new inspirations).

Participants in this weeks Feast are as follows:

Most years we like to get a fresh turkey from our local butcher. We stop by and order the turkey a few weeks ahead of time and pick it up sometime before Thanksgiving. This is good because we do not have to wait to thaw out the turkey and have more room in the refrigerator for other things. Two years ago, we thought that we could pick up the turkey on the Sunday that we were having our children over— boy were we wrong.

When we ordered the turkey from the butcher, we asked when they came in and they indicated that they come in on Sunday. We think, "Great… we don't have to worry about having a turkey in the oven, we will just have to pick it up." Sunday rolls around and I walk over to the butcher only to find that no-body's there.

My wife gave me her cell phone (just in case) and it looks like that case just happened. I called the number on the business card and left a message wondering where he was and to call back. When he did, I found out that they got the turkeys in early and he went home after he was done putting them away. Unfortunately the butcher does not live near the butcher shop, so we had to scramble.

Fortunately there were some unfrozen turkeys at the grocery store that we quickly bought and made for that day's festivities.

Note to self… When ordering a turkey for pick-up— make sure that they are open when you want the turkey.

How about you… do you order a fresh turkey? Can you tell the difference between a fresh one and a frozen one— or does it not matter.

Even though Thanksgiving is Thursday, I have decided to still use Thanksgiving as the theme for next week:

  • Do you "Talk Turkey"— or talk to your turkey?
  • Who does Thanksgiving in your family— are you the host, or the guest?
  • What craziness ensues when the family comes to visit?
  • Are you traditional with your dishes, or are you experimental?
  • Do you have any family recipes handed down for generations at your table?
  • What do you do with all those leftovers?

So grab a turkey leg, pull up a chair and link up. Even if you are Canadian and have celebrated earlier this year— or have a post from last year's festivities your links are always welcome.


Anonymous said...

I don't do the turkey. I usually do desserts and sides. However, if I were in charge of the turkey I would get a frozen one since there aren't a lot of choices for fresh around here.

Liz Mays said...

I've never had a fresh turkey, but somewhere recently it was posted that it's far, far tastier than a frozen one.

Eternal Lizdom said...

My blog friend Flartus is actually having freshly butchered turkey from a local farmer and I have to admit some jealousy. I also have to admit complete ignorance as to my mom's turkey. I assume it's standard grocery store fare. I usually end up making a turkey breast for my husband after the holiday because there are never enough leftovers for his taste. And I get that at my local grocery- but am now tempted to go visit the butcher shop down the street...

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