The Great Turkey Debate


My daughter and I have been conversing about the best way to cook the Thanksgiving bird:  brine, deep-fry, stuffing-in, stuffing-out.  The older I get, the more I look for convenient ways to do the main-dish meats so I can devote more time on the big day managing the side dishes.

So….I have decided to use an oven bag in which to cook our Thanksgiving turkey.  It is less messy and keeps the turkey moist.

I used to use cooking bags for roasts as a young wife, but then the crock pot entered my life and I forgot about them!  I love the slow cooker, but it doesn’t work for the Thanksgiving bird.  Why didn’t I think about the cooking bag for the bird?  Well, because my grandmother and mother didn’t use one…so it never occurred to me.  Tradition has a dark side…

I noticed one of the featured blogs on WordPress is all about doing the turkey bird in a cooking bag, and I embrace and affirm that flow of consciousness.  In fact, I forwarded the blog to my daughter in Minneapolis to add the option of an oven cooking bag to her first Thanksgiving dinner as a new wife.   

I’ll let you know how my turkey comes out.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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