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Old 09-03-2005, 12:27 PM   #1
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I've done something pretty silly

I had two turkeys that I really need to cook. I pulled one of them out of the freezer and the weight tag had fallen off. I guess it is about 12 lbs - the size I usually buy. After thawing and preparing it for cooking, I didn't take note of the time I put it in the oven so I will just have to test it to see when it is done. I suppose the reason for all this, dh brought home a pile of green peanuts and we were preparing them to boil and that probably took my mind off of the turkey. I suppose I'm getting to the point that I may not be able to do two things at one time.

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Old 09-03-2005, 12:31 PM   #2
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I do this all the time!!!
Half the time I don't remember to set my timer or look at the clock. Just have to keep looking at it and checking the temp inside. And btw, if you were also talking and preparing the peanuts...then you were doing 3 things at once!
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Old 09-03-2005, 12:35 PM   #3
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That's not so silly! Just cook the turkey 'till it's done
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Old 09-03-2005, 12:37 PM   #4
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Glad to know I'm not alone in these instances. Usually I'm preparing the turkey for a meal immediately coming up, but this one I'm serving cold on Labor day. I don't usually have every burner and the oven going this time of the year.
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Old 09-03-2005, 09:49 PM   #5
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I never cook any meat by timing it. I use a meat thermometer. And before I broke it, I used one that connected to a little transmitting device that alerted me via its other half worn on my belt. That way, I could do a gazillion other things and not have to worry about timeing the meat, turkey or otherwise. Besides, timing gives unpredictable results. Get yourself a good meat thermometer, and if you can afford the 20 to 30 bucks, get a digital one, with a remote sender. You will thank yourself a thousand times.

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Old 09-03-2005, 09:53 PM   #6
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licia,

you are not alone JUst remember to never walk away from a pot boiling on the stove full of eggs I did it, believe me it is not nice!!! It was the first time in my life and hopefully the last Pan ruined, black smoke all over and the SMELL yukkity yuk..
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Moved to our new forum Today's Menu and Food Talk.
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Old 09-04-2005, 12:45 AM   #8
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I've done many a dumb thing in the kitchen by not paying attention. The worst though...putting cinnamon rolls in the oven and leaving them for ???? hours. When I took them out they were still a pretty color....but hard as a rock! Yet....they still looked beautiful! So I eased them out of the pan...no I plopped them out of the pan...lol....then I put shellack (sp?) on them! Put them in a showcase where they sat for 3 years still looking pretty!
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Old 09-04-2005, 12:54 AM   #9
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I've done many a dumb thing in the kitchen by not paying attention. The worst though...putting cinnamon rolls in the oven and leaving them for ???? hours. When I took them out they were still a pretty color....but hard as a rock! Yet....they still looked beautiful! So I eased them out of the pan...no I plopped them out of the pan...lol....then I put shellack (sp?) on them! Put them in a showcase where they sat for 3 years still looking pretty!
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they sound like some of the doorstops I've baked
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Old 09-05-2005, 06:15 AM   #10
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I also swear by a meat thermometer; however, you do need to know when to start taking they poor guy's temperature. Believe me, I've done this more times than I can count. Then there are people who ask me how I cooked something ... and I haven't a clue. They think I'm being coy or "hiding" my recipes, when I usually cook on auto-pilot. Even when I do use a "recipe", I usually pull out 2-4 cookbooks and use several recipes to give me ideas, and still don't measure or time. Hey, it's a gift! lol!! When it comes to turkey I look up a general time frame when I put it in the oven, then when close to the time (say a half hour before), start taking its temp. Overcooked turkey isn't that bad, just make more gravy or broth to soak it in! Undercooked is inedible.
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