Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Making The Most Out Of Wild Turkey

Bob from Eau Claire, WI wrote:

I will be hunting for my first turkey this year. In your turkey jerky video, you say something I've been hearing a lot: That people don't like wild turkey. You also say there are 101 ways to prepare it.

Can you share some other ways you like it?

Wild turkeys are very good eating Bob! It doesn't matter if you make jerky, sausage, or marinate them; they can be great table fair! Here's my recommendation...

Check out a couple of these Love of the Hunt Butcher Block videos on processing wild turkey products:
Soy Ginger Turkey Breasts
Turkey Sausage
Turkey Jerky

If you need more information, see my Mastering Marination DVD. This DVD has segments on marinating turkey, upland game birds, waterfowl, fish and much more.

The only real issue I've ever experienced with wild turkeys is that they tend to get dry, so baking them in the traditional "Butterball" fashion doesn't work well. You have to improvise a little to get a good product. Marinating is a great method for preparing wild turkeys and Hi Mountain Seasonings have a great injectable marinade just for turkeys.

If you're going to bake the breast, I always use a Reynolds Oven Bag to help hold in the moisture as much as possible during smoking or baking. You can purchase these bags at any grocery store.

Be sure to watch those videos I recommended and I'm sure you will come up with some great ideas when you bag your bird this spring!

Good luck!

"The Meat Man"
Brad Lockwood

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