I found out that you can buy a raw, de-boned turkey, complete with dark and white meat. It is slightly wrapped with string and looks like a rather small oval about the size of a football without the pointed ends. The directions for cooking are written clearly on the package.
Now I find them a little difficult to find in the stores. I thought they would be in demand, but I think that most people misunderstand and think that they are that awful pressed turkey meat. This is not true! It is the real thing, just without the bones.
Think about how nice it would be not having to pick the turkey carcass clean, and then clean up that mess as well. With this de-boned turkey, you just pop the cooked leftovers in the fridge. It is delicious for sandwiches or warmed up for a second meal.
I discovered this product by accident, and can't even remember the brand names. Ask your butcher behind the counter about them.
By hopeful from Salem, OR
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I think a turkey like you describe would be great to have for impromptu guests. For me though, it can't take the place of Thanksgiving and roasting a turkey; especially once I learned to cook a Turkey in 2 hours or less depending on the size of the bird. As to the carcass? I take the meat off and freeze for future meals, the carcass....I boil for turkey stock.
Not sure what you mean by cleanup. Any drippings left over I deglaze the roasting pan and use that for gravy. This makes the pan easier to clean. Since I usually have soapy water in one sink while preparing meals, I clean as I go and so I don't think about cleaning a lot.
I can say this but there was a time when I dreaded too. I changed my way of thinking and am amazed at how I look at things now.
And HI I'm from Salem OR too. :)
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