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Offline Eric M

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Re: Is it necessary to age wild turkeys
« Reply #15 on: Yesterday at 10:32:50 PM »
So a couple years ago I got my first turkey and he was a nice big tom. I soaked the breasts in salted water for a few days, same as I do with wild rabbits. When I cooked it, I cut it into pieces, rolled it in flour, and seasoned it. That meat was tender! Soaking in salted water seems to help with certain wild game in my experience. Also I've never heard of anyone having a good experience trying to cook them like a Thanksgiving dinner. They come out too dry.
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Re: Is it necessary to age wild turkeys
« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 10:33:43 PM »
Cooked my daughters in a crock pot with cream of mushroom soup. Tender moist and delicious.
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Re: Is it necessary to age wild turkeys
« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 10:36:18 PM »
My best recipe is to find some unsuspecting sucker at work and give the meat away. :chuckle: I have tried to cook it every way possible and there is just nothing that can make them edible to me personally and I hate stringy meat.
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Re: Is it necessary to age wild turkeys
« Reply #18 on: Yesterday at 10:56:42 PM »
I honestly don't get the turkey hate. I've never eaten a wild turkey that tasted bad and iv'e eaten a lot of them. You just gotta cook them the right way and in my experience they are even more tender and tasty than a store bought turkey.

Iv'e found that braising the drums and thighs is a necessity in order to get them tender (sometimes it takes up to 5-6 hours)

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Re: Is it necessary to age wild turkeys
« Reply #19 on: Today at 06:11:11 AM »
I've definitely had a couple that I didn't enjoy eating
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Re: Is it necessary to age wild turkeys
« Reply #20 on: Today at 06:18:18 AM »
I like grinding mine.  I partially freeze it in strips big enough to get it through the grinder and then put it through, one pass only.

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Re: Is it necessary to age wild turkeys
« Reply #21 on: Today at 06:28:53 AM »
For me Breast is done on the grill with only Olive oil, Salt, Pepper. Medium Rare. Thighs/legs into the crock pot for turkey and dumplings.

 

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