Monday, January 14, 2013

BEER CAN TURKEY VERTICAL ROASTED

I'm all about the deal, and recently, I was at a local grocery store and found turkeys on sale.  It was just after the holidays, and they still had a few left that were fresh (not frozen) and had a "sell by" date of a few days later.  Sure, if I was buying one for a dinner a week from then, no, not a good idea, but after our success of the Thanksgiving turkey we roasted, I figured, why not buy two and go home and roast them and put them up?


So are you ready for the price?  $5.00 each! 
TWO 14 lb turkeys, for $10.00!


So below is how we did them:


 We started by removing the giblets and rinsing the turkey.  Then we rubbed it down, both under the skin and on top of the skin, with olive oil and our "farmhouse seasoning" blend of spices.


Then it was put on this Beer Can Turkey Rack, on a foil lined baking sheet in the oven.  We put it on the bottom level rack and roasted it for 1 hour at 450 deg. We didn't use a beer can or anything liquid, we just used the rack as the means to make it easy to keep it upright for the vertical roasting.


Here it is about midway through the roasting process.



And here it is finished, in all its golden glory.  A 14 lb turkey done in an hour.  


After that, we just let it cool and then simply cut it up.  Here is one of them, cut into the appropriate pieces, and then vacuum sealed.  We put them in packages of two legs, two wings, and then, because they are so large, we put one breast per bag and one thigh per bag.  That way, later on we'll have choice of using white and/or dark meat depending on whatever recipe we want to use. 


So remember to check your grocery store after major holidays, you can stock up on meat at a great price, just be ready to cook and/or freeze it within a few days.  We've gotten ribs and briskets for deals like this after other holidays, such as Memorial Day or 4th of July or Labor Day.  Heck, you can get some great deals on ham after Easter too!

14 comments:

Jenny said...

Holidays or not, our area has never seen turkeys with that price! very nice find and i'm glad you were able to preserve it for later.

Sandy said...

I would love to find turkeys at that price. I've not found any turkey lower than $12.00 a piece. You've found a fabulous deal!
I love how you've roasted the turkey up right and then packed in food saver bags for freezing.

Kirk Dale said...

Were you not just a little bit tempted to make some creamy mashed potato, some gravy and wolf down a fair portion of that turkey in stead of keeping it for later?
I am pretty sure that this is what probably would have happened if that turkey had been cooked in our oven - despite our good intentions!

LindaG said...

What Jenny said. Congrats on your great find!

kymber said...

i am with Kirk Dale - i would have had to have some smashed and gravey - that turkey is to die for....and even better - the price - wow! but as if showing me a deelishous roasted turkey (with the skin roasted to perfection and i am a roasted turkey skin connoisseur!) but then in the same post you have to mention brisket too?!?!?!? ack. now i'm starving. gotta go get something to eat - bahahahahah!

your friend,
kymber

Texan said...

Nice deal you got! Honeyman would enjoy that bird! I know half of it would not have made it to storing here LOL. He would have eaten it :O).. But that would be okay too.

Frugal Living UK said...

That's such a good idea. I love the vacuum packing too!

1st Man said...

Maybe we're lucky with so many stores around us being in a large city there is too much competition and so discounts are steeper, ha.

1st Man said...

Yep, we wanted to get them up and out of temptation, ha.

1st Man said...

OH, believe me it was more than tempting!! We made sure we did it after we had eaten dinner so it was a bit easier.

1st Man said...

Ha, thanks. $10 was too good a deal to pass up.

1st Man said...

Hey, I've seen the wonderful meals you eat, I'm not worried that you were able to pull off something wonderful. Ooh, and a woman after my own heart, I'm a skin connoisseur as well. Heck that's the best part.

1st Man said...

Ha, we almost didn't get it all to storage either. We used a dinner before to keep us focused, LOL. It'll be nice to have some turkey in the middle of February or March. ;-)

1st Man said...

thank you, vacuum packing is the best way to say money on good food deals you can get. There is an initial expense and of course the rolls of bags cost a bit but it keeps food fresh and not freezer burned for a long time. We had a brisket that was frozen for 2 years and it was as good as day one. (by the way, that one was overlooked, not on purpose, ha).