HOW TO – Harvest a turkey

HOW TO – Harvest a turkey

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Bbum writes in with the nitty gritty of turkey harvesting from a turkey farmer – “I reserved a turkey with a rather awesome local poultry farmer, Paul Hain, earlier in the season. He raised the turkeys in his walnut orchard. Completely organic. The turkey needed to be picked up at farm on the weekend before thanksgiving and Paul invited us to come down, tour the farm and participate in the turkey harvest, if we wanted. Ben and I jumped at the chance. To play a role in the harvest of the turkey — to actually know what happens between “bird eating bugs & grain” to “me eating the bird — is something that we both feel is important knowledge. Personally, I find it hypocritical to both eat a food and be unwilling to acknowledge how said food is produced.”

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8 thoughts on “HOW TO – Harvest a turkey

  1. drtwist says:

    that reminds me of some of herrick kimballs books:

    the ones with “whizbang” in the title are the good ones

  2. bbum says:

    Funny — Paul Hain had a “whizbang” style chicken scalder hanging over the scalding tank we used for the turkeys. Very similar design as to the one on Kimball’s book on the same subject!

  3. matthew_kleinmann says:

    We like gobbles, our turkey, and most likly will not eat him, even though he is organic and looks like he would taste really good. On the ther hand, if “Great White” one of the hord of geese we have out back bits me in the ass one more time, I will have his ass in the pressure cooker before he knows what hit him.

  4. jonathanpeterson says:

    Here’s what I know – turkeys are mean and stupid. My great uncle had a small flock of turkeys he kept at his farm. After having those damn things chase me around as a teenager, I’d be more than happy to do some harvesting.

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