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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted November 16, 2015 - 05:40 PM

I am cooking a Turkey for the family this year! I will have 5-7 adults and 2-4 yard apes! How big of a bird do I need? I would prefer very few leftovers. We will have stuffing, a green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, & hot rolls! Would a 12 lb. work?


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Posted November 16, 2015 - 05:46 PM

My wife was guessing about a 10-12 would do you just fine.


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Posted November 16, 2015 - 05:56 PM

Most people eat 1/4 to 1/2 lb of meat. I would say about the 12 lb mark. Because there is waste in the bones and fat. Hope all goes well with the dinner. Sounds good. Noel
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Posted November 16, 2015 - 06:02 PM

Unless you are known for good turkey, most will only take a small sample and fill the plate with all of the other goodies. When they find out how good the turkey is, they will be stuffed and few will go back for seconds. I find the 1/4 to 1/2 pound per person is a little on the high side for turkey


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Posted November 16, 2015 - 07:50 PM

It depends on the age of those young'uns. My grandson is 17 and he can eat as much as two adults.


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Posted November 16, 2015 - 07:51 PM

Old military standard is 4 to 6 oz of meat per serving.  Coffee is made with 3 lbs. of coffee to 7.5 gallons of water.  Some things you never forget.

 

Depends on how your "cooking" the turkey.  I fry ours in a turkey fryer for thanksgiving.  Always inject it the night before with a mild injection mix.  Takes about 15 min per lb. of bird.  Will have some things lined up in the shop to do.  Good luck with your turkey.


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Posted November 16, 2015 - 07:53 PM

10-12 pounds should be OK. With my kin and how I do a turkey it can be a stretch. I use an injection sauce and cook it on the Weber kettle grill. Charcoal and some wood for smoke makes for delicious bird. You would swear that most had not eaten for a week when it is all over. Good luck with the holiday. The left overs make excellent sandwiches or turkey hotdishes (casserole for the non Minnesotans) with the smokey flavor.


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Posted November 16, 2015 - 08:55 PM

Butterball says for 7 adults and 4 kids (no leftovers) you need "13# turkey"....Wife said 12-15 before googling butterball!


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Posted November 16, 2015 - 09:19 PM

That should be about right. Maybe more if the crew you have graze all day long.
My favorite part of the turkey is the cold sandwiches in the evening.

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Posted November 16, 2015 - 10:37 PM

That should be about right. Maybe more if the crew you have graze all day long.
My favorite part of the turkey is the cold sandwiches in the evening.

cold turkey sammiches with a slice of cheeze and mustard...


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Posted November 16, 2015 - 11:18 PM

cold turkey sammiches with a slice of cheeze and mustard...


Yep with miracle whip and a little cranberry sauce adds a bit of tang to it.
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Posted November 17, 2015 - 05:22 AM

Thanks everyone! The oldest grandson is 12. We will have pumpkin pie w/ calf slobbers also!

 

I was thinking around 12 lbs would be good.



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Posted November 17, 2015 - 07:45 AM

I was told 1/2-3/4# per person. When doing my inlaws, we cook a 1# per person, they like to eat  :rolling:

 

My wife just took a bunch of our turkeys to work to sell, no way we can eat 11 full size turkeys1 :D  the Tom's were 30 pounders

 

We smoked a 1/2 turkey a few weeks ago, man was it good.


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Posted November 17, 2015 - 08:09 AM

I was told 1/2-3/4# per person. When doing my inlaws, we cook a 1# per person, they like to eat  :rolling:

 

My wife just took a bunch of our turkeys to work to sell, no way we can eat 11 full size turkeys1 :D  the Tom's were 30 pounders

 

We smoked a 1/2 turkey a few weeks ago, man was it good.

That's kinda what I was figuring, especially with all the other good stuff!


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Posted November 17, 2015 - 12:01 PM

Calf slobbers?  Sounds delicious, :rolling:  :rolling:  :rolling: ! What the heck are they? I'm right into the cold turkey sandwiches too, would rather have them than the hot turkey at the feast. The 12lb. bird sounds about right to me as well.


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