A turkey - but not for Thanksgiving

@JudyEv (259879)
Rockingham, Australia
November 23, 2021 7:30pm CST
I know Americans are looking forward (mostly) to Thanksgiving so I thought I’d share this photo of my mother with a home-grown turkey. The occasion would have been Christmas as Australia doesn’t have Thanksgiving as such. I forget what this one weighed but Mum was very proud of it. It would have taken a few hours to cook and would have been cooked in the wood stove. It’s amazing what good cooks people were considering they had to gauge the temperature of the oven. I remember Mum stacking on more wood to raise the temperature or opening the front little doors to let the heat out if it was getting too hot. I hope all USA myLotters have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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@LadyDuck (369169)
• Switzerland
24 Nov
Thank you for this beautiful photo of your proud Mom admiring her cooked turkey. Using a wood oven is tricky. I have to be careful with our pizza oven, to start with very little wood ant let it warm slowly, then add more woods until the right temperature for the pizza is reached.
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
There is an art to getting the temperature correct.
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@LadyDuck (369169)
• Switzerland
24 Nov
@JudyEv - There are some who are very good doing this, it takes time to learn.
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@ptrikha_2 (35474)
• India
24 Nov
@LadyDuck So you possess a "special" Oven cooking skill !
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@Nawsheen (28594)
• Mauritius
24 Nov
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here either. This photo must have brought back many good memories
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
My mother would raise turkeys to sell at Christmas.
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@Nawsheen (28594)
• Mauritius
24 Nov
@JudyEv That's a big turkey in the picture. No wonder your mom looks so happy looking at it. Turkey is not so popular over here. So, we rarely eat this
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
@Nawsheen It's more common now but when I was very young turkey was only eaten at Christmas.
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@DocAndersen (53191)
• United States
24 Nov
thanks for the wishes - that is a great picture. Holidays are always interesting no matter where we are!
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
Yes, holidays are always a bit special.
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@DocAndersen (53191)
• United States
24 Nov
@JudyEv sounds like you mom did holidays big!
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
@DocAndersen Christmas and New Year were both big occasions although we never saw New Year in. There were big meals and visitors on the day but we didn't stay up to see Jan 1 arrive.
@Happy2BeMe (96016)
• Canada
24 Nov
What a great pictures. She looks quite proud. Yes they didn't have it easy when it came to cooking back then. It was a real chore.
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
She was very proud of this one. She raised turkeys to sell at Christmas. I think this was one of the biggest she'd ever raised.
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@Happy2BeMe (96016)
• Canada
24 Nov
@JudyEv Oh nice so that makes it all the more rewarding
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@marlina (135634)
• Canada
24 Nov
Similar to my experience
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
In what way? Did you cook on a wood stove?
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@Shavkat (119721)
• Philippines
24 Nov
Your mom is lovely in this photo. I am sure she was so good at cooking before.
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
It is a nice photo of her. She was very special.
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@rebelann (92563)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Nov
Thank you. I'll be having salmon and veggies for my dinner, I don't like turkey.
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
Salmon and veggies sounds good. Enjoy!
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@rebelann (92563)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Nov
I meant to ask if it's ok, how long ago was this photo taken?
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
@rebelann It was in the late 60s or early 70s but I can't be much more specific than that. I'm not sure who took the photo. If it were Vince, we were probably married which makes it 1971 or later although he did spend a couple of Christmases with us earlier. Mum was born in 1910 and she looks to be in her 50s.
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@kareng (43116)
• United States
24 Nov
That's a big one. And thank you! I'm looking forward to spending the day at one of our daughter's house. Your mom did a great job on that big guy!!
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
It's a big turkey, isn't it? Enjoy your time with your family.
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@kareng (43116)
• United States
24 Nov
@JudyEv Thank you so much!
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@LindaOHio (79434)
• United States
24 Nov
Thank you. That's a great photo. What wonderful memories.
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
I'm really pleased I have so many of these old photos. They do bring back great memories.
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@Fleura (17897)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov
That's a big turkey. And no doubt it represented a lot of work - raising the turkeys, then of course gutting and plucking before even getting to the actual cooking part. And as you say I don't know how they managed to cook so well with a wood stove. It must have been tricky to keep the temperature steady for the tie taken to cook something like that!
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@Fleura (17897)
• United Kingdom
25 Nov
@JudyEv Or did it just need to be level?
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
@Fleura Maybe we're using different words for the same thing. If there was a 'kink' in the bone shown in the circle, that wasn't good.
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@Fleura (17897)
• United Kingdom
25 Nov
@JudyEv Hmm, OK I wonder what would cause that?
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@rakski (103721)
• Philippines
26 Nov
back then, people are very innovative and how they cook such dishes will make your mind wander. Now we all have the gadgets and tools we need
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
Yes, that's true. It was much harder then without all the conveniences that we have now.
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@rakski (103721)
• Philippines
26 Nov
@JudyEv that is right
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@oahuwriter (18880)
• United States
25 Nov
Indeed, for it isn't a touch of a knob, back then, so not easy!
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
It was totally different, wasn't it? But it was the norm at that time.
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@oahuwriter (18880)
• United States
26 Nov
@JudyEv Indeed. Asian countries, had to cook rice that way.
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@sinari (1491)
• Indonesia
25 Nov
Does turkey taste the same as chicken? because frankly I've never eaten turkey. Because at my place there are almost no these turkeys.
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
To me it tastes about the same. There are wild turkeys in America but not in Australia.
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@sinari (1491)
• Indonesia
25 Nov
@JudyEv Oh I see. So the taste of turkey meat is almost the same as chicken meat. Nice info. thank you
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• Eugene, Oregon
25 Nov
Thanks for sharing that great photo! It looks like a 20 pounder to me (9+ kg). A lot of bird. Big family there for dinner back then?
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
You're probably right but I really don't have any idea of the weight. Mum kept records of gobblers she sold but so far I haven't the weights of any. Some Christmases we had 20+ people for a meal. New Year's Day was another big meal. Any rellies that we didn't see at Christmas came for a meal at New Year. Those days are long gone for us now - and I'm quite thankful really.
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• Eugene, Oregon
25 Nov
@JudyEv That I understand. Having a small family without obligations to visit all over is a good thing for me.
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@LeaPea2417 (32447)
• Toccoa, Georgia
24 Nov
Nice photo. It reminds me of the old days when I was young and either my Mom or Grandma would host Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the relatives. They both were great cooks.
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
They were very special occasions, weren't they?
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@LeaPea2417 (32447)
• Toccoa, Georgia
25 Nov
@JudyEv Very special, precious memories.
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@moonandstars (57687)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
24 Nov
she looks very proud. thank you for sharing.
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
It's a nice photo of her. I'm glad I have it.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
26 Nov
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@ptrikha_2 (35474)
• India
24 Nov
In a way, older times people had a special sense of judgement in cooking. In India, it could have meant a sense of balance between spices, flavoring agents, Sugar or Jaggery : in case of Desserts and more. My maternal grandmother used to make very wonderful Mango Chutney, something that I never get to taste in the markets! The Turkey looks very big!
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
They had to be good at judging the heat of the oven too. We buy mango chutney here in jars from the supermarket. Sometimes at markets we're able to buy home-made jams and chutneys but I don't remember seeing mango chutney for sale.
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@ptrikha_2 (35474)
• India
25 Nov
@JudyEv Often it is called with other names like Aamras or some other names!
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• Cyprus
24 Nov
Sweet memories!!!
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
They are indeed. Thank you.
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• Cyprus
25 Nov
@JudyEvYou are welcome.
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@just4him (258272)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Nov
It looks like a perfect turkey. Very nice picture. I have my turkey thawing for tomorrow. I'll get the kitchen extra clean today so I can get the food cooking tomorrow.
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Nov
It's lucky it fitted in the oven.
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@just4him (258272)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Nov
@JudyEv That is a large turkey.
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@Junbals (1381)
• Philippines
25 Nov
Poor turkey. Thanksgiving is slaughter day for it!
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@JudyEv (259879)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Nov
I'm sure the poor old turkeys don't look forward to Thanksgiving - or to Christmas.