11.27.2012

Our "BIG BIRD" Thanksgiving



How do you roast a 40 pound Turkey?




This is my darling niece, Cara.  Her boyfriends father (are you following me?) raised a few Turkeys for Thanksgiving.  Because Cara is so wonderful, her boyfriends father gave her one of the turkeys.  Since I was hosting Thanksgiving this year, she gave me the bird to roast.  

I was told the bird was going to be huge.  I didn't know it was going to be over 40 pounds huge!!!

I don't even think "huge" describes how big this bird was.





The turkey barely fit in my largest roasting pan.  We had to grease the birds thighs to get it to fit.

I put the turkey in a 250 degree oven at 10:00 the night before thanksgiving.
I was told to roast it low and slow and that it would take about 12 hours.

At noon on Thanksgiving day the bird was still NOT cooked.  They temperature read 140 degrees.  
Needless to say I had to finally crank up the heat to 375 degrees and we didn't eat until 4:00 p.m.  That was only an hour later than we had planned.  

My two lovely daughters, Charees and Tiffany are standing in front of the bird after it had been removed from the oven.




This is my nephew, Daniel, attempting to eat the drumstick.

We had such a wonderful meal.  I think I was full for three days.  

Probably because I ate the entire pecan chocolate tart myself in two days...pathetic.

How do you roast a 40 pound turkey?
Low, slow, and long.

12 comments:

  1. And there I am in the background, gawking at Lettie as usual. Ha ha. That poor girl. I'm well on my way to being known as the weird Aunt- and I couldn't be happier about it :)

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    1. Hahahaha. The problem is you married the weird uncle. Lettie loves you and the attention you give her. We love you.

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  2. Now that's a really big bird! Love the photo's!

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  3. And I thought I was going to have leftovers for days...SHEESH!

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    1. Sheesh is right. I didn't think we'd ever polish off the meat. I sent the remaining gallon bag full home with college students.

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  4. omg that is the biggest turkey i've ever seen!!! it looks amazing though...great job!!

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    1. Thanks, Helen. I hope I never have to cook one that big ever again. It made for great conversation and we laughed a lot.

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  5. Oh, I want to come live w/you. That bird is beautiful! But your girls are more beautiful. I'll be watching for that giveaway, and keep my fingers crossed, though busy, busy, busy at WS. You're amazing.

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  6. Hahaha Thanks Polly. My girls are sweethearts. I wish I were shopping in your store right now. I call WS my mother ship. Better than a shoe store. I hope you win.

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