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Nausea Bagwash

Turkey drumstick

Bought one in the butchers a while back and have just found it in the back of the freezer. Boy, would I hate to meet the turkey it belonged to in a dark alley - it's the size of a small leg of lamb! Well, that is a /bit/ of an exageration but it is huge. Judging by the length of it the turkey must have been about 3'6" in its stocking feet.

Having had them before, roasted them and found them tough I've decided to try this one in the slow cooker with lots of veg and a slug of wine.

Do you buy them? They are really ecomomical. My butcher does them for around £2 or sometimes less depending on the time of year and they go quite a long way.

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Gerry

tough turkey drumstick

roasted them and found them tough "
Never had one but I find anything gets tender if done long enough and slowly enough, with wine.
Another method, which I haven't used, is to cook with beetroot; enzymes or something makes tough old game tender (Prue Coats).

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turkey drumstick

I used to buy them, but haven't seen them for years. I always cubed the meat for a casserole, and used the bone for stock. Excellent value. I'm not a fan of roast turkey, but the brown meat casseroles well, and is improved with a good slug of wine and plenty of herbs.

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sam from worthing

Turkey drumsticks

I wish i could use this meat, but my OH is allergic to the dark meat from turkey.

I would love to be able to use turkey mince for a healthier version of some dishes, but i can;t as nearly all turkey mince is wholly or majoritivly dark meat.

I would think the long slow cook is a very good idea, as i have heard it can be tough as old boots, i think for tougher meats tomatoes are supposed to be good at breaking things down too.

or maybe make a torkey soup?? but as i can;t buy i never investigate or try related recipes.

sammy

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Red Poppies

Turkey

"I wish i could use this meat, but my OH is allergic to the dark meat from turkey."

That's interesting, Sam. Do you know what it is that he is allergic to? What about the white meat?
I have a fish allergy, and have recently heard that in China they feed chickens with anchovies ( pellets, I think). I wonder if they do that in other countries too as I have also had reactions after eating chicken. Not that I buy meat that comes from China!

Anyway, to the turkey legs! I have bought this before but also found they took a long time to cook. After cooking my turkey &"224; la Phil Vickery this/last christmas, which was a fantastic success, I will try another one and adapt this method. It's more or less steaming first and then browning for the last 30 mins. I'm sure you will find the recipe in google NB, if you are interested and have no doubt that you will be able to adapt for the weight of your turkey leg/joint.

rp x

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Nausea Bagwash

Allergies

RED POPPIES: Crumbs, I didn't now that. IIRC, after the chicken and salmonella fuss it was made illegal to feed chickens on animal derived feed in the UK(not sure where that leaves free range chucks who eat god knows what when they are foraging) so perhaps you'd be OK with chicken from British farms?

SAM: could you buy turkey white meat fillets or breasts, etc and mince yourself or is his allergy bad enough to be triggered by the white meat having casual contact with the dark? Is O/H affected by any oher poultry? I have a friend who is allergic to the meat of anything that has had feathers - has to carry an epi pen thingy in case of accidental contact.

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Nausea Bagwash

Incidentally.....

I had to saw off a couple of inches of the foot end of the drumstick to get it into my large-sized slow cooker pot. That turkey must have been REALLY frightening when it was alive!

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Nausea Bagwash

Re Phil Vickery/ Steamed Turkey

When I worked in the boarding school many years ago the cook used to do something similar with boiling fowls for Sunday lunch. They were delicious. Being older they had much more flavour and the steaming before the roasting mad them beautifully tender.

Would try it now but you never see boiling fowls any longer. Wonder if it's an Elfinsafety issue? Must talk to the egg lady on the market about it.

Seriously considering having a couple of hens in the garden when I move house.

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Linzechris

Hens in the garden

I, like loads of others on here keep chickens. They are great to keep. They hardly take any time or effort to look after and are very rewarding especially as you get lovely fresh eggs every day.
They are also very funny to watch and each have their own personality. They can easily ruin your garden though as they dig and pull up plants so if you are worried about that you may want to fence them off.
I sometimes think it would be good to rear chickens to eat but I don'tthink I could. Mine have become pets and it would be like eating your dog or cat to me.But you could be sure they had a good life if you did, and I do eat chicken so it is hypocritical really.

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Red Poppies

Chicken/Turkey

Nausea, it was in Hugh FWs fish programme last week that learnt about the anchovies being used to feed chicken and farmed salmon. I dont think it is done here in the UK as I have had no symptoms after eating chickens here (I always buy british) but when I lived in switzerland, I had to be very careful which chicken I bought (even organic wasn't always what it should have been) and I even stopped eating eggs for over two years, as the yolks had the highest concentration of the allergen. I react to Iodine, which unfortunately is added to salt in switzerland. Its against the law for restaurants to use iodine free salt, so that made eating out almost impossible. I could buy it for my own home, so that meant cooking everything from scratch. Just as well that I love cooking. Living in the UK has made my life easier.

Back to the chicken Q. Did you first boil and then roast the old birds?

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Nausea Bagwash

For Red Poppies - iodine

RP - in view of the iodine problem be careful if you find youself in parts of Derbyshire. Because of the prevalence of "Derbyshire neck" a goitre caused by an iodine deficiency, they add iodine to the drinking water.

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Red Poppies

Nausea

"RP - in view of the iodine problem be careful if you find youself in parts of Derbyshire. Because of the prevalence of "Derbyshire neck" a goitre caused by an iodine deficiency, they add iodine to the drinking water."

Oh, thanks for that info. I live not far from there now. Do you know how I can find out about which areas do so, apart from googling?

The goitre is also the reason for the swiss adding it to their salt, being a land locked country, more fresh water fish is eaten than saltwater, probabaly causing more goitres than usual.

How was the turkey leg?

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Nausea Bagwash

Severn Trent Water

Sorry RP, I don't know. Possibly the water board for the area would be able to tell you. IIRC from when I lived in Bakewell it's Severn Trent Water

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Nausea Bagwash

Boiling fowl

Thanks BdF. Will have a look next time I'm in Bury. I used to be able to get them the market when I lived in Hyde but the chap closed the stall down when Morrisons moved in. Sold delicious cheeses but couldn't compete on price with M's mousetrap

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Nausea Bagwash

Derbyshire turkeys

Oh, thanks for that info. I live not far from there now. Do you know how I can find out about which areas do so, apart from googling?

I CONTACTED SEVERN/TRENT WATER BUT GOT AN IDIOT CHILD ON "CUSTOMER SERVICE" (HOLLOW LARF) WHO SAID "OUR WATER IS PURE AND DOESN'T CONTAIN CHEMICALS". SO COULDN'T GET YOU ANY INFO

How was the turkey leg?"


GREAT. GREAT - IT DID 4 SUSTANTIAL PORTIONS. wILL SLOW COOK IT AGAIN.

 
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