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Curry’s Culinary Corner: Turkey Time!

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What time do I put the turkey in the oven? How long do I cook the turkey for? These are the two age-old questions that have been asked since the first Thanksgiving dinner.

So here you go: Plan on 20 minutes per pound in a 350 degree F oven for a defrosted turkey and 10 to 15 minutes per pound for fresh. If your turkey gets done before your guests arrive, pull it from the oven, place a large sheet of aluminum foil over the top, and then drape a large kitchen towel over the entire thing. This will help keep the heat in and the bird from drying out. If your bird seems a little dry, heat a few inches of turkey or chicken stock in a wide pan, slice the turkey, and drag the slices through the bath to get a little more moisture in there.

Another question we ponder this time of year is, “Should I brine my turkey?” Brining is a way of marinating and adding moisture to lean meat. The turkey or other meat is soaked in a mixture of salt and water for a few hours or days before cooking. Some recipes call for adding other flavoring ingredients to the brine, such as sugar, herbs, and spices, but they aren’t necessary. The simplest brining solution is to dissolve 1 cup salt per gallon cold water for 4- to 6-hour brine or 1/2 cup salt per gallon cold water for 12- to 14-hour brine (the shorter the soak, the saltier the brine needs to be to do the work).

From all of us at Angus Brands, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and juicy turkey!

Written by Angus Brands’ Jeff Curry

Count your blessings

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Chilling down right? Yard art is put away, you’ve been raking leaves and pine needles for days. Heat is on (did you remember to change your furnace filter from all the smoke we had?), and the fireplace is crackling.

I’m more of a fan of Thanksgiving than Halloween. Thanksgiving is all about family, blessings to be grateful for, and remembering those we love who cannot be at the table.

I absolutely love the smell of our Angus Brands turkey slow cooking in the oven mixed with the pumpkin perfume of nutmeg and cinnamon spices. I don’t think there’s another holiday that measures up to the level of what our senses enjoy more. Talk about a real “foodie” day!

And isn’t it cool when the first snowflakes fall on that night? The kids get so excited! November is cozy, warm, with quiet days and nights. This is the time of year I really have a hard time getting out of my warm and perfect pillowed bed in the dark morning; especially for 7:00 am workouts at the gym (gotta work off that bird!).

Since our girls’ families are 3000 miles away, I find it funny when some of my friends are complaining they’re going to have 10 to 20 people for dinner. I’m thinking how lucky they are! It’s just the two of us. If I could say anything to all of you, it would be this: Embrace the ones you love; hold them close in person, on the phone, or FaceTime/Skype and overlook the minor stuff – it doesn’t matter anyway; say a prayer for those who’ve passed on that they are not forgotten. Sounds corny, but truly be grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving & bless you and your families, 

Leslie Stachecki

Savory for the season

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Looking for something different to prepare for the holidays? Angus Brands can help you amp up your menu with these delicious items:

Turducken
Why be normal? You’ll certainly start a conversation with our semi-boned turkey which is stuffed with a de-boned duck, and the duck is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken, duck, and turkey are stuffed with a special filling of seasoned Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Angus Meats’ Special Blend Sausage, and mouthwatering Cornbread Mixture. Serves 25 people!

Smashburgers and beef patties
Summer is over but ground beef is always on the menu! Check out our full line of fresh, frozen, and flavored smashburgers and preformed patties. Our smashburgers give you the versatility to make sliders, lasagna, taco bar, meatloaf, and more. ‘Tis the season for ground beef.

Precooked Chicken Wings
Just in time for winter sporting events and holiday parties, check out our new line of precooked chicken wings, which include honey hickory, and hot pepper flavors.  Want to sample first? No problem – give us a call and we’ll hook you right up.

Ask Angus Brands today about giving your holidays a kick!