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Thanksgiving crisis?

Posted by on Nov. 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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We had originally planned to travel out of state for Thanksgiving where MIL, grandma, and the aunts would take care of all the cook, we just needed to show up.

Dh now has to work the day of and the day after Thanksgiving so we can't travel to Texas from Ms to be there since the plan was to do it on Thanksgiving for months (dh put in to be off this week 3 months ago and was told he could have it).

So no I'm going to be cooking my first ever Thanksgiving and I have no idea what the heck I'm doing. So here's my questions:

1. Do I go ahead and buy a turkey now and put it in the freezer then pull it out next week to dethaw? Or wait till a few days before?

2. How do I keep the turkey from drying out? My dad always deep fried them but I don't own a turkey fryer.

3. How do I make the dressing and the "gibblet" gravey? What the hell is a gibblet?


The rest I'm capable of managing on my own since the rest of the dishes DH and the kids have requested are pretty easy and everyday favorites in this house. Please share any other dishes that are huge hits for your family as well! I don't want our first Thanksgiving (which is going to be in our new house) to be boring or a disaster.

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Greenenvy
by Gold Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM
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You could do like us and just go to the casino holiday buffet lol. Much easier!
KanPsMommy
by Gold Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Haha we'd have to travel over 2 hours to do that. If we lived closer to a casino that might be a really good option. And save me from stressing out over cooking. lol

Quoting Greenenvy:

You could do like us and just go to the casino holiday buffet lol. Much easier!


svolkov
by Emerald Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM
Brine the turkey. I buy fresh the day before(we had thanksgiving yesterday bc my dh won't be home until dec5)
Look up how to brine . Basically soak it in a bag with water,salt,sugar,spices,apple cider vineger. Then roast it the next day. Cover with foil for all but the last hr or so. Then brush the turkey with juices to brown. There are time charts online but use a thermometer.
I throw out the gibblets. Its disgusting to me lol that the internal parts.
I make homemade stuffing from drying three different breads cubed up..addibg spices like sage, rosemary butter and chicken stock. I don't stuff my turkey because its easy to risk contamination. Go to allrecipes.com
Oh cook turkey at 325
Greenenvy
by Gold Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM
Lol. Much easier and delicious!!!


Quoting KanPsMommy:

Haha we'd have to travel over 2 hours to do that. If we lived closer to a casino that might be a really good option. And save me from stressing out over cooking. lol

Quoting Greenenvy:

You could do like us and just go to the casino holiday buffet lol. Much easier!



spunky946
by Ruby Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The turkey is super easy.  If you get the turkey now, you need 4 days to defrost it.  I put Italian dressing on it and stick it in the oven.  I've never made gibblet gravy.

KanPsMommy
by Gold Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Thanks!

Quoting svolkov:

Brine the turkey. I buy fresh the day before(we had thanksgiving yesterday bc my dh won't be home until dec5)
Look up how to brine . Basically soak it in a bag with water,salt,sugar,spices,apple cider vineger. Then roast it the next day. Cover with foil for all but the last hr or so. Then brush the turkey with juices to brown. There are time charts online but use a thermometer.
I throw out the gibblets. Its disgusting to me lol that the internal parts.
I make homemade stuffing from drying three different breads cubed up..addibg spices like sage, rosemary butter and chicken stock. I don't stuff my turkey because its easy to risk contamination. Go to allrecipes.com
Oh cook turkey at 325


KanPsMommy
by Gold Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Holy cow that's a long time to defrost it.. Would it keep in the fridge if I buy it now?

Quoting spunky946:

The turkey is super easy.  If you get the turkey now, you need 4 days to defrost it.  I put Italian dressing on it and stick it in the oven.  I've never made gibblet gravy.


Anonymous
by Anonymous on Nov. 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM
We do a ham, because no one in our house likes turkey.

we also do brussel sprouts w/bacon, sour cream, and parmesan...everyone looks forward to that. I dont cook for a lot of people but I make a ton of everything. Home mad mac and cheese, sweet potato pies, fresh rolls from scratch, green bean casserole, pies and cookies...
smorgan865
by Platinum Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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You can buy a frozen turkey now, it should actually be fairly inexpensive. TAKE IT OUT OF YOUR FREEZER on Sunday or Monday before Thanksgiving and put it in your fridge (depending on how big it is). YES it will need several days to thaw. Check it on Wednesday, if it's still frozen on the inside let it sit in COLD water for a little while to thaw it out (my hubby also says dethaw it drives me crazy. It's either thaw or defrost; not a combo of both ;) )

To keep it from drying out, cook it in an oven bag. Low and slow. 250° for like 8 hours. I swear, it's no fail. Throw some veggies in there with it for some extra flavor. No need to add juice, it'll produce it's own.

Giblet's are the "insides" of the turkey (heart, liver, etc). They'll probably be in a paper wrapper inside the bird (be sure to remove them before cooking).

I ways use bagged stuffing, and prepare it with water and whisked eggs then stuff the bird. BUT most people prepare it separately. They worry about the turkey not cooking, but the "low and slow" rule should ensure thorough cooking.

It's really not hard :) Lots of people are scared of it, but it's pretty easy; it'll feel wonderful to get it all on the table when you're finished.

AngryBob
by Platinum Member on Nov. 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM
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 you could do ham or duck instead of turkey.

turkey's relatively easy, though. you've already gotten some good advice.

good luck!!

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