One Avian Flew over the Turkey's Nest

@p1kef1sh (45647)
December 7, 2008 9:12am CST
In the hallowed halls that are the rearing centres of tens of thousands of Norfolk turkeys there is a deadly election taking place. True to form the vote will be unanimous. Turkeys will vote for Christmas and many of us will be glad that they did. However, the largest British breeder of turkey had some problems early in the year with Avian Flu. Apparently some imports from Hungary came complete with the disease. A sort of "added value"! Since then, the company concerned has worked hard to inform the public that it is a good and BRITISH Turkey friendly rearer and that only good honest, salt of the earth type people work there. That may be so. However, would you happily buy your Christmas bird from someone who, less than a year ago, was quarantined and cordoned off because of the possibility of their letting contaminated meat into the human food chain?
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
7 Dec 08
Many years ago I heard that Food Lion was putting formaldehyde into their hamburger that was getting, what shall we say, a little age on it and to keep it fresh longer.. Now before anyone jumps on me for passing nasty rumors, I said that I had heard it, I do not know if it is true in any way at all.. This turned me against Food Lion and I have never shopped there since.. I am not much of a meat eater, or shall I say, I am semi-veg, there are very few meats that I will eat and only small amounts of very well done meat at that.. So any time I hear of any rumors, that is all it takes to turn me off off meat, sorry, but turkeys are included.. I believe there is something wrong with my "mind's eye", it isn't functioning properly, if I imagine an animal while eating, I just can't eat it at all.. I used to love a ham and cheese, but now in my "mind's eye" it is pig and cheese, so I can't eat it anymore.. Crazy, but true.. So now if I fix a turkey for Christmas Dinner, I will remember this post and will most likely not eat a bite of it, even if it is smothered in good old gravy.. I tip my hat to you P1ke for helping me to "see" more clearly and adding another meat to my selection of foods to stay away from.. Oh well, it doesn't matter to me as I can always find enough other delectables to dine on, and it doesn't deter my family in any way, ther are meat eaters.. My son could eat a Rib-eye off of a cow standing in the field, if it would be still long enough for him to add a bit of steak sauce to it.. [b] HAVE A GRET CHRISTMAS ANYWAY[/B]
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
7 Dec 08
I didn't mean to put you off turkey Donna. A good, free range one from a farm or reliable source is just wonderful. I am a meat lover - all and any meat. I like my steak still mooing too like your son. Now I am hungry. I'm making parsnip and carrot soup. Fancy a bowl?
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• United States
7 Dec 08
Sounds delicious, although I have never had parsnip and carrot soup, but I bet if you lived close you would bring a bowl of it over.. You really didn't put me off the turkey, I haven't had any for a few years now, but it doesn't slow down my 2 boys..
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
7 Dec 08
Easy soup. Clean and slice your carrots and parsnips. I prefer more parsnip than carrot. Boil, puree, salt and pepper, add a dash of cream or milk and parsley to garnish, serve! I often make it for lunch when the veg is thinking about starting it's own fridge based compost heap.
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• United States
7 Dec 08
I would be a little leery of buying a turkey from that place, honestly. I mean, I really don't want to buy a bird, take it to a lab to be checked over for disease and other things, only to find out that I can't use it.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
7 Dec 08
I hope that any bird for sale is disease free Bo. But there is still a niggle. I'm with Irish on this. I shall buy local. Except we shall have chicken. We always end up with mounds of meat that we don't know what to do with.
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• United States
7 Dec 08
Oooh, I love left over turkey, or chicken for that matter. You can make a nice turkey salad, turkey and egg noodles with sauce, turkey and dressing sandwiches, turkey and veggie soup. Oh, I gotta stop, I am making me hungry.
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• United States
7 Dec 08
Turkey butt, turkey beak, turkey waddle, turkey toes............
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@guybrush (4662)
• Australia
7 Dec 08
Would I buy an Hungarian Turkey? No - nor would I buy a Turkish Hungarian. What are they trying to do? I like to be able to reminisce with my turkey as I'm stuffing and trussing him. I don't speak Hungarian. I can't even do apologetic gestures in Hungarian. Utterly pointless. Maybe I'll have to stick to a bread'n'butter sarnie this year ...
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
7 Dec 08
Czech him out Guy. It's His bread and butter not Turkish Delight!
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@guybrush (4662)
• Australia
8 Dec 08
Trouble is, I've got my turban in such a twist about it now. All ready to Moroccan Roll! Can't wait to shimmy on down to the Kasbah with my sage'n'onion stuffing ... ready to give him a right roasting!
7 Dec 08
Hi p1key, No I wouldn't, the butcher that I buy my meat from has a farm and he reares fowls and they are all free range so that is where I buy my turkey from, he also have chickens ducks and pheasants. I know how he feeds theem and looks after them, but I wouldn't eat anything that is from abroad. Hugs. Tamara
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
7 Dec 08
That's the best sort of butcher to have Tamara. We had a similar one but he went out of business. I'm hunting for a replacement now. XX
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• Canada
7 Dec 08
Well, for one I am not traditional and MUST cook a turkey or whatever for Christmas, or any other celebration. I cook whatever I feel like cooking. I do get bored and get very tired of the 'same old, same old'. So I like to mix it up. This year, I am raising 7 ducks and killing them just before Christmas. We will be eating Duck this year. Likely more than one in the pot as well. IF I were of the majority and following (I don't often follow anything, I prefer to lead, you see) this tradition of killing a big dry turkey to eat, no, I don't think I would be so likely to purchase one from just recently recovering from Avian Flu. Although, so long as the gov't has cleared them and inspected them regularly, as I'm sure they do.....if it was possible to acquire my turkey elsewhere, I would be more likely to do it. However, if it was the only place to buy it, and I needed it, I might do so.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
7 Dec 08
I love duck Annie. So moist. Perhaps with a little cherry or orange sauce. I'm hungry now!. LOL. We will have capon if I can find one. Our last supplier went out of business. I think that he only sold one a year and that was to us!
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• Canada
7 Dec 08
I would ship you one if I could, but I'm certain food cannot cross borders without permits and such. I usually raise around 100, but raised 150 this year. We will keep around 30 - 50 for ourselves to eat for the year. Yummmy, yes what I usually have, but like I said, I am bored with the same old same old.em]yawn[/em] What did you say, cherry sauce, I dunno, too sweet for me with meat. Something more simple would suit me better, being salt of the earth and all.
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@ElicBxn (60069)
• United States
9 Dec 08
Bird flu isn't catching from eating the meat, it get quarantined so it won't spread.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
9 Dec 08
Very true. But it's the idea that suddenly the factory has become wholesome that I struggle with.
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@ElicBxn (60069)
• United States
9 Dec 08
If all the birds with the bird flu are gone, then there's no problem.
@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
8 Dec 08
If a company let something like that out on the market, I would know that they put profit ahead of their customers and wouldn't buy from them ever again. Now, I know that companies don't REALLY care about me but about my pocketbook. However, I don't think they have a right to put my health at risk for the sake of their profits.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Dec 08
I agree and whilst I have no reason to believe that they are putting our meat that is infected, I do have to wonder just how much they have cleaned up their act.